The former home of John and Sunday Reed, Heide is a prestigious not-for-profit art gallery with a sculpture garden in its wonderful grounds. It holds regularly changing exhibitions, many of which include works by the famous artists that called Heide home, including Sir Sidney Nolan and Albert Tucker. The collection is spread over three buildings: a large purpose-built gallery, the Reeds' original farmhouse and the wonderful modernist house they built in 1963 as 'a gallery to be lived in'.
There's a cafe, or you can pack a picnic to eat by the Yarra. The free tours (Tuesday 2pm) are a great introduction to Melbourne’s 20th-century painting scene.
Bulleen is 14km northeast of the city centre.