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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.


History & heritage


Victoria's many stories

History & heritage

Maritime history

A journey along Victoria's 2,000 kilometres of coastline evokes a rich maritime history of mysterious shipwrecks and significant international events.

History & heritage

Gold rush history

Get a taste of the gold fever that hit Victoria when gold was discovered in the 1850s, propelling the remote Australian colony onto the world stage.


The history of Victoria's regions