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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

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.

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

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre

The iconic Port of Echuca, located 2. 5 hours north of Melbourne on the banks of the Mighty Murray River, is the only place in Australia where you...

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.

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.

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Maritime history

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

By day or by night Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show is a must do - and winner of Victorian Tourism Award Hall of...

Heritage buildings

Noojee Trestle Bridge

Set in beautiful tall forest, the majestic Noojee Trestle Bridge is the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria. The bridge is a legacy...

Museums

Buda Historic Home & Garden

While away an afternoon exploring the historic villa and enchanting gardens established by prominent silversmith Ernest Leviny in the 1860s.

History & heritage

Cheviot Tunnel

The historic Cheviot Tunnel is a key feature of the Tallarook to Mansfield Rail Line which operated between 1883 and 1970 and now the Great Victorian...

Heritage buildings

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Climb the stone steps to the lamp room of one of the oldest lighthouses in Victoria and look out over the blue waters of Bass Strait from the balcony.

Art galleries

Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Ararat Gallery is renowned for its collection of contemporary fibre and textile art, one of only two such collections in Australian regional galleries.

Heritage buildings

Brighton Bathing Boxes

Dive into Port Phillip Bay under the watch of 82 distinctive bathing boxes, a row of instantly recognisable wooden huts lining Brighton Beach.

History & heritage

Barham Bridge over Murray River

Bridges are not just functional, they can also be scenic and engineering attractions. Spare a few minutes to admire Barham Bridge over Murray Creek....

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

Aboriginal Heritage Walk

The Aboriginal Heritage Walk offers a rich and vibrant cultural experience and is one of the most popular tours at Melbourne Gardens. Indigenous...

Museums

Golden Dragon Museum

Experience a living history of Bendigo's Chinese population and explore exhibitions featuring artefacts dating as far back as the Shang Dynasty.

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...

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