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La Trobe's Cottage is the original home of Victoria's first Lt. Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe from 1839 to 1854.

Although described by a visitor in 1852 as a 'small but elegantly furnished and standing in spacious grounds', La Trobe’s Cottage is now a vital part of Victoria’s history. The cottage was made from prefabricated materials brought from England to be the home of La Trobe, his wife Sophie and their children.

Melbourne’s oldest surviving building, the restored cottage replicates the original prefabricated structure and contains items belonging to La Trobe and other artefacts from the earliest time of Victoria’s settlement.

Combined Tours of La Trobe's Cottage and Government House are also available on Monday and Thursday. The tours provide a tangible link between the pre-gold rush and Marvellous Melbourne, giving a fascinating insight into the contract between the two properties and the eras they represent.

La Trobe's Cottage is open to the public between October and April on Sundays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Open Australia Day 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Content: National Trust (Victoria)

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Type Entry cost
Free entry with valid National Trust Membership

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  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf