Heritage at your Touch

Take your students on a virtual tour at a real colonial house and meet the people who lived there and examine their things!

Meet George at McCrae Homestead 

Meet Nellie at La Trobe’s Cottage

Heritage At Your Touch invites students to use their web browser to explore in the classroom two early colonial sites, McCrae homestead  in 1845 and Governor La Trobe’s Cottage in 1843. Teachers are encourged to contact us about actually visiting the real sites as an extension of the virtual experience with a program delivered onsite.

This program is suitable for students studying the Australian History curriculum in Years 3-6.

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Teacher and Student Resource Kits

Download these kits for use in your classroom.

Download the McCrae Homestead Teachers kit

Download the La Trobes Cottage Student Resource Kit

Heritage at Your Touch has been produced with composite classes in mind.

The program offers:

  • a game environment using real spaces, video characters and artefacts
  • over 150 PDF files containing information and images and questions about the families and their things
  • meet  6 real characters like Governor La Trobe and George Gordon McCrae
  • a full education kit with inquiry questions

It was developed with the support of the Telematics Trust in partnership with the History Teachers Association of Australia (Victoria).

Students can work individually or in groups, but we encourage teachers to complete aspects of there source as a whole class activity. This provides opportunity for students to pool their knowledge of the past and engage in deep, deductive thinking.

The Heritage at Your Touch Project (La Trobe’s Cottage) is specifically designed for level 5 students as it draws on a range of rich primary sources relating to the growth of the Victorian colonies during the nineteenth century. It can also be used by students in level 4 to support their understanding of the early contact between Europeans and Indigenous people.

It is equally well suited to helping students in level 6 research the movements, events and ideas that led to the Federation of Australia in 1901.

McCrae Homestead - Planning your visit

Heritage at your Touch


11 Beverley Road
McCrae 3938 VIC


Open Sundays (September to June) 11am- 4pm
Last entry is at 3.30pm


McCrae Homestead will be closed for winter in July & August.
Group tours available by appointment, please call (03) 9656 9889.

03 9656 9800 (Monday to Friday)
Entry Fees:

National Trust members: Free
Adults: $10
Concession: $7
Child: $4
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): $26

Plan your visit

Heritage at your Touch


Corner of Birdwood Avenue & Dallas Brooks Drive, The Domain, Melbourne 3004 VIC


October to April, Sundays 1pm to 4pm (last guided tour 3.30pm)


Christmas Day.
Please note that the property closes on days of extreme heat. You will be able to use your tickets on another day, or request a refund.

03 9656 9800 (Monday to Friday)
Entry Fees:

Adults: $5,
Children and Concession: $4
Family $12

What we offer:

Group tours of La Trobe’s Cottage are available all year. Additional fees apply.

Click to make a booking request.

Tours of Government House are available all year. Additional fees apply.

Click to make a booking.

Combined tours of La Trobe’s Cottage & Government House are not currently available.

Made with the Support of the Telematics Trust and the History Teachers Association of Victoria

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