Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Ballarat

Sovereign Hill

You’ll need to set aside at least half a day to visit this fascinating re-creation of Ballarat's 1860s gold-mining township. The site was mined in the gold-rush era and much of the equipment is original, as is the m…
Top Choice Historic Site in Warrnambool

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

The world-class Flagstaff Hill precinct is of equal interest for its shipwreck museum, heritage-listed lighthouses and garrison as it is for its reproduction of a historical Victorian port town. It also has the nigh…
Top Choice Historic Building in Carlton & Brunswick

Royal Exhibition Building

Built for the 1880 International Exhibition, and winning Unesco World Heritage status in 2004, this beautiful Victorian edifice symbolises the glory days of the Industrial Revolution, the British Empire and 19th-cen…
Top Choice Historic Building in Castlemaine

The Mill

Originally the Castlemaine Woollen Mills (1875), this red-brick industrial complex has been developed into one of the town's coolest precincts. It's worth dropping in for a look around; a number of local businesses …
Top Choice Historic Building in Mildura

Rio Vista & Mildura Arts Centre

The grand homestead of William B Chaffey (a Mildura founder), historic Queen Anne–style Rio Vista has been beautifully preserved and restored. Each room has a series of historical displays depicting colonial life in…
Historic Site in Fitzroy, Collingwood & Abbotsford

Abbotsford Convent

The nuns are long gone at this former convent, which dates to 1861, but today its rambling collection of ecclesiastical architecture is home to a thriving arts community of galleries, studios, eateries (including th…
Historic Site in Queenscliff

Fort Queenscliff

Queencliff's fort was first used as a coastal defence in 1882 to protect Melbourne from a feared Russian invasion. It remained a base until 1946, before being used as the Army Staff College until late 2012; today it…
Historic Building in East of the Prom

Yarram Courthouse Gallery

One of Yarram's most interesting pieces of architecture is this handsome red-brick Edwardian building (c 1907) that was used as the town's courthouse until 1986. Today it's an art gallery featuring quality works by …
Historic Building in Maryborough

Maryborough Railway Station

The town boasts plenty of impressive Victorian-era buildings, but Maryborough Railway Station leaves them all for dead. Built in 1892 the inordinately large station, complete with clock tower, was described by Mark …
Historic Site in Wodonga

Bonegilla Migrant Experience

For 24 years from the end of WWII, Bonegilla, 10km east of Wodonga, was Australia’s first migrant reception centre, providing accommodation for some 320,000 migrants from more than 30 countries. You can visit some o…