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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

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.

Heritage buildings

Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens

Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens provides a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy cultural heritage and public programs, art exhibitions,...

Theatre & musicals

Athenaeum Theatre

Book your place in history and catch a show in this heritage-listed building housing the Athenaeum Theatre and the Last Laugh at the Comedy Club.

Heritage buildings

Malmsbury Viaduct

Take a stroll out to the back of the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and see the outline of the Malmsbury Viaduct stretching across the Coliban River.

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

Bendigo Joss House Temple

Explore this historic 1860s temple, constructed with local brick, and learn the stories of the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold.

Architecture & design

Portarlington Mill

Located just 300 metres from the beach, the Portarlington Mill was constructed in 1856 with rough local sandstone and Baltic Pine floors. The...

Heritage buildings

Walbundrie Old School House

Walbundrie Public School commenced classes in January 1878, with the old schoolhouse erected in June 1878 at a cost of 446 pounds, with enrolments of...

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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