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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.

Performing arts

Arts Centre Melbourne

See local and international performances and exhibitions at Melbourne's home of performing arts. Take a tour and browse the Sunday arts and craft market.

Architecture & design

La Trobe's Cottage

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...

History & heritage

Rippon Lea Estate

Visit a grand National Heritage listed estate, established 1868, with sweeping lawns, trees, ornamental lake, fernery, and heritage orchard.

Heritage buildings

Kilcunda Bridge

A feature of the Bass Coast Rail Trail, the wooden trestle Kilcunda Bridge spans 91 metres across Bourne Creek, offering Bass Strait and beach views.

Architecture & design

Portable Iron Houses

19th Century Portable Iron Houses are the three houses which provide an insight into life in Emerald Hill, now known as South Melbourne, during the...

Live music

The Forum

Catch local heroes and international artists at this spectacular venue where the architecture and interior design add an enchanting edge to any gig.

Heritage buildings

Bonegilla Migrant Experience

Visit a rare surviving example of a post war migrant camp featuring remnant huts and buildings of Block 19, one of the original accommodation blocks.

Architecture & design

Benalla Ceramic Mural

The Benalla Ceramic Mural emerges from the rolling green lawns on the shore of Lake Benalla, opposite the Benalla Art Gallery. Explore the nooks and...

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