Experience life as an early pioneer and uncover the history which lies in Melbourne’s magnificent historic homes. Visit Rupertswood Mansion in Sunbury and enjoy locally produced wine at the Cricketers Bar, overlooking the grounds that are ‘the birth place of the ashes.’ Enjoy a coffee at Como House Historic Park in South Yarra, or pack a picnic and enjoy the views of Port Phillip Bay from of Point Cook Coastal Park.

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  • Eltham Mudbrick Tour 2017

    Eltham Mudbrick Tour 2017

    Sunday, 22 October 2017

    Nillumbik Shire has a unique heritage in mudbrick architecture accumulated over more than half a century of experimentation, design and construction. Join us on our tour of a selection of classic mudbrick houses open for one day only. This is a fundraiser run by Eltham High School Friends of Music. 

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  • Lantern Ghost Tours

    Lantern Ghost Tours

    Join a multi-award winning ghost tour of Hobsons Bay's most haunted locations. Visit an abandoned morgue on the Ghosts of the Old City Williamstown, be a ghost hunter for the night at Altona Homestead or discover killer locomotives at Newport Substation.

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    Join a multi-award winning ghost tour of Hobsons Bay's most haunted locations.

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  • Two Beans and a Farm

    Two Beans and a Farm

    The 1860s bluestone Carome Homestead in Mernda, nestled along the banks of the Plenty River, has been artfully restored and is now a restaurant, perfect for the whole family. Two Beans and a Farm is a hidden gem offering delicious meals made from home grown produce.  It’s the perfect escape.

    The 1860s bluestone Carome Homestead in Mernda, nestled along the banks of the Plenty River, has

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  • Enterprize Tall Ship

    Enterprize Tall Ship

    Set sail aboard Melbourne’s Tall Ship Enterprize, a working replica of the ship that brought the first white settlers to Melbourne in 1835. Relax on deck with the family as we explore the bay and tell the little known story of the founding of Melbourne. The truly adventurous can experience life as an early sailor and climb the rigging for a heart stopping view of Melbourne. 

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    Set sail aboard Melbourne’s Tall Ship Enterprize, a working replica of the ship that brought the

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    Melbourne Walks

    Arguably the best way to explore the city is simply on foot! Take a stroll through some of Australia’s most beautiful parks or take in city and river views with a walk along the Yarra. For a uniquely Melbourne experience, choose the laneway route or marvel the city’s best creative and sporting achievements. Explore Victorian architecture and discover the classic cosmopolitan CBD. Get your specialised self-guided tour map by clicking ‘More Info’ and strap on your walking shoes.

    Arguably the best way to explore the city is simply on foot!

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    Discover Heritage

    Discover the area’s rich history with a visit to some of the most important and culturally significant monuments and buildings in Port Phillip. Located in the iconic former Post Office building, the Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre is more than simply a library with an extensive history and cultural heritage program. The Princes Pier, which was opened in 1915 to accommodate the largest of steamers and mail ships, with many of the vessels leaving and arriving from the pier playing their own little part of history, which you can discover with the Immigration Trail - which will take you through many of the region’s key historical sites and explain their significance. The area is also home to three significant town halls - St Kilda, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne, all of which are both architecturally stunning and historically important.

    Discover the area’s rich history with a visit to some of the most important and culturally signif

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  • Gem Pier, Williamstown

    Gem Pier is the arrival point for ferries from the city. Step off into the historical township of Williamstown, the first settlement in Melbourne. With so much to see from the HMAS Castlemaine to historical buildings, plan to stay for the day or the weekend. With nearby picnic spots as well as playgrounds and BBQ this is the perfect day trip to Hobsons Bay. 

    Gem Pier is the arrival point for ferries from the city.

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  • Timeball Tower, Williamstown

    Today, working timeball towers are extremely rare; apart from the one at Point Gellibrand there is a working timeball tower at Greenwich in London, and only three others in the world. The Williamstown tower was built in 1849 of local bluestone. It was originally a lighthouse, and later served as a timeball tower from 1861 to 1926.The Timeball Tower helped ships accurately set their chronometers, since accuracy was essential for successful navigation on long ocean voyages. 

    Today, working timeball towers are extremely rare; apart from the one at Point Gellibrand there i

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  • Laneways

    Weaving a maze through the city grid, Melbourne’s laneways uncover hidden treasures and a charming, intimate atmosphere. Al fresco eateries, one-off shops and bars that are off the beaten track, all nestle side-by-side in laneways winding in all directions throughout the city.

    Weaving a maze through the city grid, Melbourne’s laneways uncover hidden treasures and a charmin

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  • HMAS Castlemaine, Williamstown

    HMAS Castlemaine, Williamstown

    Come aboard one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World War II, and the last such vessel still afloat. HMAS Castlemaine is open to the public on weekends, public holidays and by arrangement. Visitors can visit all parts of the ship and see how crews lived and worked during the war years, witness the original main engines turning over and view a wide range of artifacts documenting Australian maritime history.

    Come aboard one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World

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  • Schwerkolt Cottage

    Built by August Schwerkolt, the Schwerkolt cottage is one of the first metropolitan cottages in melbourne that still stands on its orginal site. Today the cottage stands as a museum complex where visitors can exhibit life in the 1800's and discover how the cottage was built using stones from the Mullum Mullum creek. The cottage also feauteres a barn, wine cellar, smokehouse,orchard machinery shed and is surrounded by parklands. There are also barbeque facilities, a children's playground and creekside walks.

    Built by August Schwerkolt, the Schwerkolt cottage is one of the first metropolitan cottages in m

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  • Williamstown Historical Museum

    Williamstown Historical Museum

    The Historical Museum is open on the first and third Sunday of the month from 2-5 p.m.  and by appointment during the week. There is a large collection of maritime material, photographs, records and other items relating to the history of Williamstown. There is also an historical kit for school groups.

    The Historical Museum is open on the first and third Sunday of the month from 2-5 p.m.

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  • Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens

    Heritage Hill is a unique historic precinct featuring three beautifully preserved buildings, dating as far back as the 1860s, in two acres of landscaped gardens. Tours of this beautiful site offer an insight into Dandenong’s transformation from a rural market town to a bustling, multicultural metropolis. Today Heritage Hill is a thriving arts and cultural hub featuring exhibitions, music performances workshops and more.

    Heritage Hill is a unique historic precinct featuring three beautifully preserved buildings, dati

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  • Railway Museum, Newport

    Railway Museum, Newport

    Come and see the largest collection of Victorian Railways steam locomotives and steam cranes. There are more than 15 different locomotives, ranging from the diminutive F class up to the H class. Other equipment on display includes electric locomotives, suburban and country passenger carriages, Guards vans and a selection of freight wagons. The museum is open from midday to 5p.m. on Saturdays. A perfect outing for any family! 

    Come and see the largest collection of Victorian Railways steam locomotives and steam cranes.

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  • The Black Powder Mill in Cairnlea

    From the late 19th century, the area round Sunshine, Albion and Deer Park was the most significant explosives manufacturing district in Australia, and many remnants of this period still stand today. The Black Powder Mill, built in 1942, is the last building remnant of about 400 buildings of the Albion Explosives Factory, a significant defence production facility during WW2.

    From the late 19th century, the area round Sunshine, Albion and Deer Park was the most significan

  • Farmer’s Markets at the Old Cheese Factory

    Farmer’s Markets at the Old Cheese Factory

    Held on the second Saturday of the month in the picturesque gardens of the local farming property of The Old Cheese Factory in Berwick. The site has many amenities including a childrens playground and cafe. Farm fresh and organic seasonal fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices, honey, cheeses, jams, condiments and preserves, rare and free range lamb, beef, pork, certified free range eggs, herb and vegetable seedlings. British pies, fruit pies, cakes, artisan loaves and much more.

    Held on the second Saturday of the month in the picturesque gardens of the local farming property

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  • Schramms Cottage

    Originally built for Max von Schramm, a German immigrant, for use as a house and a Lutheran school around 1875, and opened as a historical centre in 1976. Schramms Cottage contains exhibits depicting the area’s German heritage as well as orchard displays. It is open Sundays and public holidays, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, and a great place to check out this weekend! 

    Originally built for Max von Schramm, a German immigrant, for use as a house and a Lutheran schoo

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  • History

    The Moonee Ponds Heritage Trail starts at the Court House Museum on Mt Alexander Road and takes in many sites of historical interest in the Moonee Ponds area. Don't miss your chance to explore the Court House Museum classified by the National Trust in 1975, St Thomas’ Anglican Church and Puckle Street which has been the commercial centre of Moonee Ponds since 1882. Or take a drive to the Airways Museum at Essendon Airport, housing a collection that traces the development of Australia’s civil aviation from its beginnings in the 1920’s to today.

    The Moonee Ponds Heritage Trail starts at the Court House Museum on Mt Alexander Road and takes i

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    Overnewton Castle

    Brimbank pioneer William Taylor, who owned 13,000 acres of grazing land around Keilor, started building Overnewton Castle in 1849. Ten years later, following a trip to Scotland, he added the Scottish baronial castle and both exist today; much as they were. Overnewton is now the venue for weddings, functions, high tea and tours; surrounded by magnificent gardens. Luxurious accommodation is also available, and don’t forget to drop in on selected Sundays for scrumptious high tea.

    Brimbank pioneer William Taylor, who owned 13,000 acres of grazing land around Keilor, started bu

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  • Farm Vigano

    Farm Vigano

    Farm Vigano is a property rich in history and in Italian culture through the once iconic restaurateur, Mario Vigano of Mario’s in Exhibition Street and his wife, Maria Teresa, a noted artist during the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. Today, this property is still dedicated to preserving the art of true Italian food and culture specialising in dining, weddings, gatherings and functions.

    Farm Vigano is a property rich in history and in Italian culture through the once iconic restaurateur, Mario Vigano of Mario’s in Exhibition Street.

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  • Kangaroo Ground, War Memorial, Dandenong Ranges, Kinglake Ranges, Viewing Platform

    Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park & Tower of Remembrance

    The Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Tower is built on the highest hill in the district. It was unveiled on 11 November 1926 and is used as a fire-spotting tower in the summer. It offers 360 degree views which take in Melbourne, the north-east suburbs and the Dandenong and Kinglake Ranges. The surrounding park has a viewing platform, toilets, picnic facilities and gardens. 

    The Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Tower is built on the highest hill in the district.

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