La Trobe’s Cottage

The original home of Victoria's first Lt. Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe from 1839 to 1854, La Trobe's Cottage is Melbourne oldest surviving building.

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.

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

Announcement:  19 January 2021
Please note La Trobe’s Cottage is temporarily closed until further notice. There will be an Open Garden on 26 January 2021 – click here for details.


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 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 for availability of these tours.

What we offer:

Weddings and Functions at La Trobe's Cottage

For weddings and function enquiries, please contact our National Trust team.

Email – or phone 9656 9817.


More information can also be found in the following brochures:

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Wedding Brochure.

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Functions and Venue Hire Brochure.

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