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Historic Sites - Melbourne Environs

The National Trust has "listed" a wide range of buildings and gardens. The maintenance of these places is educational and informative, yes, but more than that it gives Melbourne a rich texture. Some of the results of efforts to protect our architectural heritage are bizarre, such as those where the facade is of interest, so we have graceful and/or otherwise interesting faces on supermarkets and parking structures.

collage of historic sites in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia photographs by Ali Kayn
Guidebook lists:
Inner Melbourne Parks & Gardens
Melbourne Environs Parks & Gardens
Inner Melbourne historic sites
Melbourne Environs Historic Sites
Art Deco Walk of Inner Melbourne
Another View Walking Trail
Inner Melbourne museums, galleries and craft markets.
Melbourne Environs museums, galleries and craft markets.
All lists

Como House, South Yarra (3.91k)

Como Historic House & Garden

Colonial mansion set in 5 acres of historic gardens. October 2013 the house is closed to the public, but the gardens are still open.

Go to guidebook entry

For opening hours and contact details see Como House web site

Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra

Number 8 Toorak tram from Swanston Street

HMAS Castlemaine, Williamstown

H.M.A.S. Castlemaine

Australian minesweeper constructed 1941-2. Gifted to the Maritime Trust for preservation as a museum ship, berthed at Gem Pier close to her place of construction. Exhibits and memorabilia.
Open: every weekend 12:00 - 5:00 p.m., weekdays by appointment for groups.

Ph.: 9853 0823 before 10 a.m. weekdays, 9397 2362 weekends.

Gem Pier, Williamstown.


Elaborately decorated mansion completed in 1890 featuring detailed stencilling, grand staircase and rare trompe l'oeil ceiling.

Open last Sun of each month 10:30 - 4:30 p.m.. Private tours by special arrangement.

Ph: 9527 6295 or 9523 9228

2 Manor Grove, Caulfied

take bus 220 to Manor Grove stop 33 or tram Nos. 3 or 69 to stop 43.

Portable Iron Houses

Three nineteenth century prefabricated iron houses at Coventry Street, among the few remaining in the world.

Open Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. or weekdays by appointment only. Closed Dec 20 to Jan 6

Ph: 9822 4369

399 Coventry St, South Melbourne

Take tram No 96 west from Bourke St to South Melbourne station.

Rippon Lea

Rippon Lea House

Nineteenth century estate with Romanesque-style mansion set in its original Victoria Pleasure gardens.

Go to guidebook entry

See our visit to Rippon Lea (photostory)

Open: Check website for opening hours.
Ph 9523 6095 Fax 9523 6921 or e-mail Rippon Lea
National Trust web site

Rippon Lea House Museum & Historic Garden

192 Hotham St, Elsternwick VIC 3182
Tram No 67 from Swanston St to Stop 42 or bus 216 or 219 from Bourke & Queen Sts.

Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembrance

Go to Shrine of Remembrance entry

Kings Domain, map

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