BEAR’S CASTLE TOURSWhittlesea Courthouse Association (supported by Melbourne Water)


Bear's Castle lies locked away in the catchment of the Yan Yean Reservoir. Access to this unique building is only granted on special occasions, and this is one of them.

Take this rare opportunity to visit the only known building of cob construction in Victoria.

Constructed c1846 for John Bear, the Castle is a small two story structure roughly square and occupying an area of less than 12sq m. It was built with a technique known as cob, a walling construction method using clay, straw, gravel and sand that was popular in the builder’s home town of Devon.

Discover the rich history of this building and decide for yourself on the mystery surrounding the Castle’s purpose.

Tours include a trip to the Castle, with a short walking distance. This is followed by a delightful morning/afternoon tea at the charming original Caretaker’s Cottage, before returning to the original starting point of the Whittlesea Courthouse.

Event date

Event Details

Cnr Church & Beech Streets, Whittlesea, Victoria

Meet at the Whittlesea Courthouse Information Centre


10am - 12:30pm & 2pm - 4:30pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 40, Children $ 25
Prebooking 907 937
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities: