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History & heritage


  • Cook's Cottage, Melbourne Victoria, Australia

Find reminders of Melbourne's rich history in the numerous historical buildings and monuments around the city. Originally the home of the Kulin nation and made up of five Aboriginal language groups, Melbourne began as a tent city of 50 settlers but quickly grew to a population of 700,000 by 1869.

Journey into the ancestral lands of the Kulin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture on a heritage walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, and discover more at the Koorie Heritage Trust and Bunjilaka at the Melbourne Museum.

Delve into the history of the first white settlers at Cook's Cottage, the World Heritage–listed Royal Exhibition Building and the eerie Old Melbourne Gaol. Admire the legacy of the gold rush boom in outstanding architecture across the city, and step back in time at National Trust–listed homesteads and historically significant parks and gardens.