La Trobe's Cottage

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La Trobe's Cottage

The cottage was the La Trobe family's home for 10+ years. The prefabricated house was imported by La Trobe from England, and rebuilt in Jolimont, the name chosen by Sophie La Trobe for the location.

La Trobe's Cottage was the home of Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria's first Lt. Governor, and his wife Sophie and their children from 1839 to 1854. He arrived as Superintendent of the Port Phillip district of New South Wales and became Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria in 1851.

The cottage has been relocated from its original site at Jolimont but contains many pieces which belonged to La Trobe and his family.

Charles La Trobe was responsible for many of the key cultural aspects of Melbourne - its library, university, museum, hospital and extensive parklands but it was only in 2006 that a statue was erected to acknowledge his legacy.

View our Online Collection of Charles La Trobe water colours.

Find out more about Charles La Trobe and his legacy through the C.J. La Trobe Society.

Opening hours

October to April - Sundays, from 2pm to 4pm. Group tours available by appointment.


Corner of Birdwood Avenue & Dallas Brooks Drive, The Domain
Melbourne 3000 VIC


03 9656 9800

Entry fees

Adults $5 Children and Concession $3 Family $10. La Trobe's Cottage & Government House Tours:
Bookings essential for combined tours of Government House and La Trobe's Cottage.

Adults $20, Concession $15,
N.T. Members $12.00, Children $10
Discounts are available for groups of more than 10 people.

Go to the Walks/Tours/Trials section for more details.