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


11 Beverley Road
McCrae 3938 VIC


Announcement:  18 March 2020

Please note this property is temporarily closed until further notice. Make sure to visit our website for all up to date information.

Open every Sunday 11am- 4pm
Last entry is at 3.30pm
Closed July and August.
Group tours available by appointment, please call (03) 9656 9889.


Please note this property is temporarily closed until further notice. Make sure to visit our website for all up to date information.
Closed July and August. Open for School Bookings - phone 03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri

For school groups Bookings Office on 03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri
Entry Fees:

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

Planning your visit


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


La Trobe's Cottage: Open October to May on first and third Sundays from 11am to 4pm.
Combined tours of Government House and La Trobe's Cottage run on select Mondays or Thursdays, please contact bookings@nattrust.com.au for available dates.


Christmas Day, and on days of extreme heat.

03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri
Entry Fees:

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

La Trobe's Cottage & Government House Tours:
Combined tours of Government House and La Trobe’s Cottage are available. Additional fees apply. Please email bookings@nattrust.com.au for availability of these tours.

What we offer:

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

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