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Architecture & design

See the depth and diversity of Victoria's cultural heritage reflected in its striking architectural treasures. From heritage buildings and stark mid-century architecture to bold contemporary designs, Melbourne and Victoria boast cityscapes and main streets highlighted by the contrast of old and new.

City icons

Start your city wanderings at Federation Square, with its signature shard-like buildings, a world away from the Moorish Revival-exteriors of the nearby Forum Theatre. Cross the Yarra to check out the futuristic shapes of the Arts Centre's beacon-like spire and Eureka Tower. Keen on art deco? Head across the Manchester Unity Building on Collins Street and Cathedral Arcade, located on the corner of Flinders Lane's and Swanston Streets.

For a look inside some of the city's favourite buildings, visit during Open House in July for tours of over 100 buildings around the city. 

Regional treasures

See the architectural evidence of Victoria's gold rush and pioneer history in towns and villages across the region, from Bendigo and Castlemaine to Ballarat and Mildura. Take yourself on a self-guided walking tour down main street, check out historical landmarks and time your visit for the Ballarat Heritage Weekend – a the celebration of the town's past.

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Gold rush history

Gum San Chinese Heritage

Unearth the critical and quirky contributions of the Chinese miners who came to the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, through interactive exhibits.

History & heritage

Werribee Park and Mansion

Smell the roses - all 5000 varieties - in the magnificent grounds of the Victoria's largest private residence, pausing to admire the pastoral style.

Heritage buildings

Noojee Trestle Bridge

Set in beautiful tall forest, the majestic Noojee Trestle Bridge is the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria. The bridge is a legacy...

Family

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Take a 30-minute ride on Melbourne's newest star attraction for extraordinary views and a unique bird's-eye perspective of the city and surrounds.

Museums

Buda Historic Home & Garden

While away an afternoon exploring the historic villa and enchanting gardens established by prominent silversmith Ernest Leviny in the 1860s.

Heritage buildings

The Heights Heritage House and Garden

The Heights Heritage House and Garden dates back to the 1850s. The house was built in 1855 and is remarkable for being the largest (14 rooms) German,...

Heritage buildings

Nicholas Building

Take the veteran lifts to floor after floor of studios and galleries in this heritage-listed creative hub. See behind the scenes at an Open Day.

Heritage buildings

Bonnie Doon Bridge

Ride, walk or drive the 385 metre long Bonnie Doon Rail Bridge, providing a great vantage spot to stop and take in the sights of the lake, before...

Museums

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat)

The Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI) is Ballarat's independently run cultural hub, established 1859, and home to stunning heritage architecture...

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