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History & heritage

The past is always present in Victoria. Nearly everywhere you look, you'll discover evidence of the state's proud and fascinating history, from elegant Victorian-era buildings and Murray River paddle steamers to maritime museums and steam trains.

Discover beautifully preserved goldmining towns, bushrangers lairs, and ancient burial sites testifying to the long history of Aboriginal occupation. Explore the wealth of history and heritage in each of Victoria's regions.

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Architecture & design

Shrine of Remembrance

An iconic landmark honouring the service of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping. The visitor centre hosts exhibitions and events.

Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Gear up in overalls, a miner's hat and lamp and head into underground tunnels in search of gold in a key mine from Bendigo's 19th century gold rush.

Gold rush history

Sovereign Hill

Strike it rich with a day out in 1850s Ballarat and pan for gold, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and relive the Eureka Rebellion with sound and light.

Maritime history

Cape Otway Lightstation

Climb for dramatic views and stories of shipwrecks at this historic lighthouse perched on towering cliffs where Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean.

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.

Arts & culture

Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre

Learn about the flora and fauna of the region and explore Aboriginal culture in the natural oasis of the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park.

History & heritage

Puffing Billy Steam Railway

All aboard for a ride on Australia's oldest steam railway, through thick forests and lush fern gullies, or travel first class for olden-times romance.

History & heritage

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre invites you to come walk the path of our river pioneers. The iconic Port of Echuca, located two and a half hours...

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Black Caviar Statue

On 24 October 2013, history was created when Nagambie became home to the life size bronze statue of the world famous mare Black Caviar. The champion...

Heritage buildings

St Patrick's Cathedral

Enter via the Pilgrim Path, absorbing the tranquil sounds of water and the spiritual quotes before seeking sanctuary beneath the gargoyles and spires.

History & heritage

B-24 Liberator Memorial Australia Inc

Approximately 35 volunteers are restoring a WW2 bomber, the Liberator, as a memorial to those Australians and Americans who served with this aircraft...

History & heritage

Coombe Yarra Valley - Melba Estate Gallery

Dame Nellie Melba was one of the most celebrated artists of all time and the gallery provides an opportunity for visitors to experience the lifestyle...

Maritime history

The Maritime Trust of Australia

HMAS Castlemaine is one of sixty Australian Minesweepers, later known as corvettes, which were built as part of the Commonwealth's wartime building...

Heritage buildings

Bathing boxes

The peninsula's rainbow-coloured bathing boxes have provided a colourful backdrop to countless swims and lazy beach days all around the bay.

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.

History & heritage

Scrub Hill 1869

In 1869 the Scrub Hill locals commissioned a Bluestone Church forming the heart of the community. 150 years later, Scrub Hill church is restored,...

History & heritage

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre invites you to come walk the path of our river pioneers. The iconic Port of Echuca, located two and a half hours...

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Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk

The Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk was opened in March 2013. The Wall includes both the names of all Australian veterans who served in 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,...

Heritage buildings

The Old Paper Mills at Fyansford

The Old Paper Mills at Fyansford are a hidden treasure. Here, you will be able to enjoy a rich history that dates back to the early beginnings of...

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Find your flavour in Victoria, where cups runneth over with fine restaurants, eclectic cuisines, country pubs, regional produce and wineries galore.

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Museums

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

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Parks and gardens

See for yourself exactly why Victoria is the Garden State - inspiring, bold and distinctly Australian, the state's parks and gardens leave an impact.