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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.

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Maritime history

Geelong Maritime Museum

Geelong's early story is of the sea with passenger arrivals and departures or trade, scientific and naval activities. The Geelong Maritime Museum at...

Museums

Ballarat Tramway Museum

Travel back in time with the Ballarat Tramway Museum. Ride in one of the 100 year old trams which provided Ballarat's public transport until 1971....

Heritage buildings

St Kilda Pier

Providing panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay, the pier is a popular destination for strolling, cycling, rollerblading and...

History & heritage

WW1 Memorial Park

Seymour's World War One Memorial Park is a tribute to the district's men and women who served. In November 1927, Memorial Gates were built by...

Heritage buildings

McCrae Homestead and Museum

Explore one of Victoria’s oldest pioneering homesteads and its neighbouring museum, discovering fascinating family heirlooms and artworks.

Museums

Volcanoes Discovery Centre

Visit the Volcanoes Discovery Centre in Penshurst at the foot of the dormant Mt Rouse volcano, and be transported back thousands of years to when...

History & heritage

Bendigo Tramways Vintage Talking Tram

Sit back, relax and let the tram do all the talking as you journey through the past 150 years aboard a majestic Vintage 'Talking' Tram.

History & heritage

Bonnie Doon Station

Bonnie Doon is a small town situated on the edge of Lake Eildon and is well-known these days as a holiday and weekend destination for waterskiers,...

History & heritage

Wangaratta Family History Society

Wangaratta Family History Society are a significant family history organisation in North East Victoria. They house an extensive collection of...

Museums

Great Ocean Road Story

Experience The Great Ocean Road Story: Building Australia's Most Famous Road. This purpose built permanent exhibition in the newly constructed Great...

Maritime history

Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers is the ancestral home of the Flying Angel Club in Melbourne that continues to offer a safe and secure place where seafarers...

Heritage buildings

Old Beechworth Gaol

The Old Beechworth Gaol is one of Australia’s most significant post European cultural sites. Its role in the chain of events that led to the...

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