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Abbotsford Convent (Abbotsford)  Abbotsford Convent (Abbotsford)
Fascinating guided tours of the Abbotsford Convent arts, cultural, and education precinct occur each Sunday at 2pm. The Guided Tours provide a detail rich cultural history of the Convent and its former community – the Read more..

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Ambleside Park Museum - Knox Historical Society (Ferntree Gully)  Ambleside Park Museum - Knox Historical Society (Ferntree Gully)
Ambleside Park Museum is a local history museum housed in a century old farmhouse. Two of the rooms contain displays depicting a parlour and a bedroom early in the twentieth century. The School Photograph Collection is a Read more..

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Andrew Ross Museum (Kangaroo Ground)  Andrew Ross Museum (Kangaroo Ground)
This collection, established in 1992 in the former Schoolmaster’s House at Kangaroo Ground, focuses on the life of the district’s first schoolmaster, Andrew Ross, and the regions’ enterprising Scottish farmers. The ma Read more..

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ANZAC Walk (Emerald)  ANZAC Walk (Emerald)
Emerald’s 30 minute Anzac Walk features plaques, information signs and an audio trail to listen to the stories of the 32 soldiers and how they died in the war plus a statue of the Unknown Soldier. The walk starts at the Read more..

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Appsolutely Melbourne (Melbourne)  Appsolutely Melbourne (Melbourne)
Are you up for a challenge? Solve the clues & beat the clock as you explore this amazing city. All you need is an iPhone... Simply download the Appsolutely Melbourne iPhone app from the iTunes app store, pick a chall Read more..

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Australian Ghost Adventures (Geelong)  Australian Ghost Adventures (Geelong)
Are you brave enough to join us as we investigate one of Geelong's most haunted buildings? "The Old Geelong Gaol". Many stories have been told about the Old Geelong Gaol and it's Ghostly inhabitants. Tours are conducted Read more..

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Beleura House and Garden (Mornington)  Beleura House and Garden (Mornington)
Beleura is an 1863 Italianate villa situated on the Mornington Peninsula. Guided tours are held throughout the year and bookings must be made in advance. Beleura at Mornington, erected in 1863 for James Butchart, was Read more..

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Box Hill Historical Society (Box Hill)  Box Hill Historical Society (Box Hill)
The Box Hill Heritage Centre is located at Suite 7, Town Hall Hub, 27 Banks Street, Box Hill (Rear of Box Hill Town Hall). The Society holds monthly meetings from February to December each year. At each meeting an i Read more..

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Brighton Bathing Boxes (Brighton)  Brighton Bathing Boxes (Brighton)
Located on the Dendy Street Beach, the colourful Brighton bathing boxes are a Melbourne icon. There are 82 bathing boxes in Brighton (the number may change in the future based on council planning permits). They are s Read more..

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Bundoora Homestead Art Centre (Bundoora)  Bundoora Homestead Art Centre (Bundoora)
Built in 1899, Bundoora Homestead is a magnificent Queen Anne style Federation mansion operating as a historic house, art gallery and cafe, registered by Heritage Victoria and certified by the National Trust. Bundoora Read more..

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Carome Homestead (Mernda)  Carome Homestead (Mernda)
Carome Homestead, which was built in 1864 from local bluestone, has been restored to its former glory. The homestead is of historical significance to Victoria as the site of one of the state’s earliest water-powered flou Read more..

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Churchill Island  Churchill Island
Step back in time to this historic island farm. Churchill Island features heritage buildings and gardens, walking tracks and much more. Things to do include: Learn about Churchill Island’s fascinating history in th Read more..

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Ellis Cottage (Diamond Creek)  Ellis Cottage (Diamond Creek)
Ellis Cottage, erected 1865, is made of local uncut stone. The cottage is a typical farmers residence of the 1870's. The stone construction is unique in this district as most construction is weatherboard. The Society Read more..

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Emerald Heritage Walk (Emerald)  Emerald Heritage Walk (Emerald)
The Emerald Heritage Walk celebrates and recognises the local history of Emerald. The self-guided map includes a historical timeline and stories about eleven buildings around Emerald. The map includes a legend that Read more..

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Emerald Museum and Nobelius Heritage Park (Emerald)  Emerald Museum and Nobelius Heritage Park (Emerald)
Nobelius Heritage Park and Emerald Museum, two of Cardinia Shire’s hidden gems, are located adjacent to the Emerald Lake Park. Emerald Museum - The museum is set within the beautiful and historic park and tells the s Read more..

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Free Melbourne Town Hall Tour  Free Melbourne Town Hall Tour
Free tours of Melbourne's historic Town Hall give visitors the chance to learn about the architectural, social and political significance of this impressive 19th century building. Experience the grandeur of the wood- Read more..

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Garage Classics of Williamstown  Garage Classics of Williamstown
Take a nostalgic tour of this unique automotive museum and immerse yourself in the history and ambience of a bygone era amid timeless British, European and American cars and motorcycles from the 1920s – 1970s. It is t Read more..

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Geelong Bollard Trail Walk  Geelong Bollard Trail Walk
Following the Bollard Trail, you will meet some of the unique characters who played a part in Geelong's history, from the original Indigenous inhabitants to more contemporary characters. Bollard Trail Walk features 48 Read more..

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Gembrook Historic Walk (Gembrook)  Gembrook Historic Walk (Gembrook)
Gembrook’s Historic Walk starts at JAC Russell park and covers 31 elements of Gembrook's history. Pick-up a map from one of the local shops in Gembrook or download a copy of the map using the link below. Read more..

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Gulf Station Pioneer Working Farm (Yarra Glen)  Gulf Station Pioneer Working Farm (Yarra Glen)
Gulf Station began in the 1840’s as part of a 25,000 acre run known as the Gulf. The Bell family began their lives here in the late 1840’s and the homestead and outbuildings are a part of the legacy that the family has l Read more..

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Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour (Melbourne)  Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour (Melbourne)
Come face to face with Melbourne's haunted past on Melbourne's oldest and most famous ghost tour, conducted by Haunted Bookshop founder and Haunted Australia TV presenter, Drew Sinton. Tours start from The Haunted Bo Read more..

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Kangaroo Ground Memorial Tower  Kangaroo Ground Memorial Tower
The main feature of Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park is the 12-metre (39 ft) Tower of Remembrance which was opened in 1926. The memorial to local soldiers is a brick, basalt and concrete tower with a facing from local r Read more..

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Lantern Ghost Tours  Lantern Ghost Tours
Be incarcerated in a Lunatic asylum, visit an abandoned morgue or be a ghost hunter for the night. Lantern Ghost Tours run award winning tours to Australia's most haunted locations. Tours around Melbourne include the Wil Read more..

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Local History Park (Burwood)  Local History Park (Burwood)
The 700m section of the Gardiners Creek Trail between Highbury Road and the Burwood Highway is home to the Local History Park. The section closest to Highbury Road has a fossil footpath which leads on to a big sculpture Read more..

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Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre (East Melbourne)  Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre (East Melbourne)
Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre (MMHC) East Melbourne a place of inspiration and vitality, manifests and promotes the spirit and charism of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph. The Mary MacKi Read more..

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Melbourne Architours  Melbourne Architours
We are a group of local Melburnians who work, live and breathe architecture and design in this city. Keen to share the knowledge and generate discussion about the built environment, we invite you on a walking tour with u Read more..

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Michaels Camera Museum (Melbourne CBD)  Michaels Camera Museum (Melbourne CBD)
Experience a unique journey through time with an inspiring self tour of Michaels world-famous camera museum! Cameras and photographic equipment have been part of the Michaels family business since 1928. At that time, Mic Read more..

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Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead (Wandin North)  Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead (Wandin North)
Come and enjoy the ways of YesterYear at Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead. An excellent destination for a day trip less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley. The Pioneer Homestead - The 18 Read more..

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Montsalvat (Eltham)  Montsalvat (Eltham)
Montsalvat is Australia’s oldest artists’ community, set amid unique grounds and buildings, a place where art is made, taught, exhibited, performed and celebrated. Founded by Justus Jörgensen in 1934, Montsalvat, through Read more..

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Mornington Main Street Heritage Walk  Mornington Main Street Heritage Walk
The area was frequented by the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people and visited by Matthew Flinders in 1802. The first European settlers entered the area in the 1840s seeking timber and fi sh and taking up pastoral leases. A Gove Read more..

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Mornington Old Post Office Museum and Historical Society  Mornington Old Post Office Museum and Historical Society
The Mornington & District Historical Society manages the Old Post Office Museum on the corner of Main Street and Esplanade, right opposite Mornington Park. The Museum houses the collection of memorabilia covering the hi Read more..

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National Vietnam Veterans Museum (Newhaven)  National Vietnam Veterans Museum (Newhaven)
The National Vietnam Veterans Museum is the only Museum of its kind in Australia that covers a specific period in Australia's military history. The collection of around 6000 artefacts exists to permanently record Austral Read more..

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National Wool Museum (Geelong)  National Wool Museum (Geelong)
The National Wool Museum showcases the Australian wool story - from the sheep's back to the clothes rack, and from the birth of the industry in the 1840s to its place in the world today. The Museum is designed for se Read more..

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Old Melbourne Gaol (Central Melbourne)  Old Melbourne Gaol (Central Melbourne)
This iconic landmark is the site where 135 people, including infamous bushranger Ned Kelly, were hanged. The prison was also a focus during some of Australia’s most significant historical moments, including the Gold Rush Read more..

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Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park (Williamstown)  Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park (Williamstown)
Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park is a new regional park that has been created to protect the cultural heritage values and coastal character of the area, whilst providing a range of visitor facilities and passive op Read more..

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Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (Point Lonsdale)  Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (Point Lonsdale)
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, also known as the Point Lonsdale Signal Station, stands at the eastern end of the Bellarine Peninsula on a headland overlooking the "Rip", a stretch of water considered one of the most treacher Read more..

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Polly Woodside (Melbourne)  Polly Woodside (Melbourne)
The newly refurbished Polly Woodside provides a new, fresh and exciting interaction experience that is guaranteed to engage the imagination and all of the senses. After a four year redevelopment of the site Polly Woo Read more..

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Portable Iron Houses (South Melbourne)  Portable Iron Houses (South Melbourne)
These three houses give an insight into life in Emerald Hill, now South Melbourne, during the gold rush years. These buildings are examples of early property development are some of the few prefabricated iron buildings r Read more..

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Princes Pier (Port Melbourne)  Princes Pier (Port Melbourne)
The 580 metre long Princes Pier was built between 1912 and 1915 and was the third major pier constructed at Port Melbourne. Together with the adjacent Station Pier, it served as a major passenger and cargo terminal in th Read more..

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Queenscliffe Historical Museum (Queenscliff)  Queenscliffe Historical Museum (Queenscliff)
The Queenscliffe Historical Museum opened in 1974, specifically to house socially historical materials peculiar to the Borough of Queenscliffe (which includes Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Swan Island). The museum is h Read more..

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Sandridge Bridge with The Travellers Artwork  Sandridge Bridge with The Travellers Artwork
The Travellers is an artwork on the Sandridge pedestrian bridge over the Yarra River which connects between Flinders Street railway station and Southbank. Years ago in a previous incarnation, the Sandridge Bridge tran Read more..

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Schramm's Cottage (Doncaster East)  Schramm's Cottage (Doncaster East)
Schramm's Cottage, classified by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), originally stood on Doncaster Hill in front of the Municipal Offices. It was built in 1874 as the home of Max and Kate Schramm and incorporates Read more..

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Shot Tower Museum (Central Melbourne)  Shot Tower Museum (Central Melbourne)
Located in Melbourne Central shopping centre is the 20 story high glass cone, designed by renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, which houses the heritage listed ‘Coops Shot Tower’. The Shot Tower is a bullet making Read more..

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Sorrento Heritage Walk  Sorrento Heritage Walk
Walk through the township and, with the help of the Heritage Walk booklet (see link below) enjoy the historical features of Sorrento through its heritage buildings. Learn about the town’s history and study the diff erent Read more..

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Upper Yarra Museum (Yarra Junction)  Upper Yarra Museum (Yarra Junction)
The Upper Yarra Museum is the only surviving railway station on the Lilydale to Warburton line. The Museum is an invaluable repository of the Upper Yarra and Yarra Valley history, heritage and stories.Rail, timber, tramw Read more..

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Walk - Glen Waverley Historical Walk (Glen Waverley)  Walk - Glen Waverley Historical Walk (Glen Waverley)
4 km walk which starts and finishes at Glen Waverley Railway Station. Read more..

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Walk - Mallanbool Reserve interpretive walk (Murrumbeena)  Walk - Mallanbool Reserve interpretive walk (Murrumbeena)
The Glen Eira council has developed a cultural and botanical interpretive trail through Mallanbool Reserve that allows visitors to learn about the Kulin (aboriginal) community who were the original inhabitants of the are Read more..

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Walk - Oakleigh Historical Walk (Oakleigh)  Walk - Oakleigh Historical Walk (Oakleigh)
Easy 3.5 km walk which starts and finishes at Oakleigh Railway Station. Read more..

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Warrandyte Historical Society Museum (Warrandyte)  Warrandyte Historical Society Museum (Warrandyte)
Warrandyte is almost unique in its maintenance of the identity of the village that emerged from the original mining settlement. Ongoing preservation of Warrandyte history is an essential community activity. The Warrandyt Read more..

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Werribee District Historical Society and Museum  Werribee District Historical Society and Museum
The Werribee District Historical Society was formed in 1970 for the purposes of preserving, archiving and researching historical material, maps, artefacts, clothing and buildings of the Wyndham Shire. The museum hous Read more..

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Werribee Park (Werribee)  Werribee Park (Werribee)
Werribee Park is an outstanding historic and cultural attraction offering an authentic insight into Australia 's richly diverse history. Located just 30 minutes from central Melbourne, the property features a superbly re Read more..

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Young Archaeologists' Program (Bundoora)  Young Archaeologists' Program (Bundoora)
The Young Archaeologists’ Program offers exciting, fully integrated education experiences that combine history, science, mathematics and English in a fun, inquiry-based learning approach. Delivered by passionate archa Read more..

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