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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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Heritage buildings

Tarraville Church

The tiny town of Tarraville, located near Port Albert is notable for its early wooden Church of England - Christ Church. The building is listed on...

Parks & gardens

Garden of St Erth

The Garden of St Erth is a beautiful historic house and garden not far from Daylesford and Ballarat. Explore the gardens and discover an...

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.

Performing arts

Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Geelong Performing Arts Centre is a hub for live entertainment in the region, attracting some of the best performers from throughout Australia and...

Performing arts

Capital Venues and Events

Bendigo is the home of three of the most captivating and unique theatres. Take Centre Stage in Bendigo at Ulumbarra Theatre, The Capital and the...

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,...

Architecture & design

The Block Arcade

Wander through this iconic arcade, which boasts a soaring glass canopy and mosaic floors inspired by Milan's famed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.

History & heritage

Old Melbourne Gaol

Sentence yourself to a day of fun or a spooky night at Victoria's oldest prison, which housed tough criminals and the infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly.

Heritage buildings

Historic Hughes Creek Bridge

Hughes Creek was named after the first settler in Avenel, for many years it was a popular overnight stop for drovers. The bridge was built in 1859 by...

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From the living history of Sovereign Hill to the wonder of Scienceworks, there are many worlds to explore in Victoria's fascinating, diverse museums.