La Trobe’s Cottage Open Day

Join us at our next Open Day to learn about life in early Melbourne

Open Day: Sunday 23 May  

Spend your afternoon in the beautiful Domain, with a guided tour of the home of our first governor Charles Joseph La Trobe and his family. You will be able to see the original prefabricated house from Melbourne’s early days, surrounded by plants from the era.


About La Trobe’s Cottage   

Although described by a visitor in 1852 as “small but elegantly furnished and standing in spacious grounds,” La Trobe’s Cottage is now a vital part of Victoria’s history. The cottage was made from prefabricated materials brought from England to be the home of La Trobe, his wife Sophie and their children.

The cottage has been restored and today contains items from the earliest time of Victoria’s settlement. Join us at our next Open Day to learn about life in early Melbourne. Obtain a fascinating glimpse into La Trobe family life at his ‘Jolimont’ estate and enjoy the romantic garden re-created using plants available in the 1840s and 1850s.

Visit the La Trobe Society website for more information about Governor La Trobe.






General admission

Adult $5

Child / Concession $4

Family (2 adults & 2 children) $12


National Trust member

FREE admission

Planning your visit

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

Phone: 03 9656 9889 (Monday to Friday)

Open: Sunday 23 May from 1 to 4pm.

You may arrive any time between 1-3:30pm. The last guided tour is at 3:30pm.

Please note: House Tours are restricted to 2 people (plus the guide) inside at one time due to capacity restrictions.

For weekday group tour enquiries email or phone (03) 9656 9889.

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