La Trobe’s Cottage

Melbourne oldest surviving building, the original home of Victoria's first Lieutenant-Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe

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.



Planning your visit

La Trobe’s Cottage


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


La Trobe's Cottage: Open October to April, Sundays 1pm to 4pm (last guided tour 3.30pm)

Combined tours of Government House and La Trobe’s Cottage are available all year. Additional fees apply. Please email for the availability of these combined tours.


Christmas Day and on days of extreme heat.

03 9656 9889 (Monday to Friday)
Entry Fees:

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

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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