La Trobe’s Cottage

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

La Trobe’s Cottage was the home of Charles Joseph La Trobe, Victoria’s first governor, and his wife Sophie and their children from 1839 to 1854. Originally erected on his Jolimont estate, the single-story dwelling is constructed of timber, replicating the original prefabricated structure brought by him from London. The locally built dining room (1839), the first of many additions made during La Trobe’s tenure, is the oldest surviving Melbourne building. The modest yet elegant family home contains many pieces of La Trobe’s furniture and other historic artefacts. Learn more about La Trobe’s beloved garden and cottage here.

Join us at our next open day to learn about life in early Melbourne. Obtain a glimpse into La Trobe family life and enjoy the romantic garden re-created using plants available in the 1840s and 1850s.

In 2014, the cottage garden was awarded a Victorian Community History Award for Historical Interpretation.

We acknowledge the Bunurong people as the Traditional Owners of the land on which La Trobe’s Cottage is located. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. 

Place Details

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

La Trobe's Cottage
Dallas Brooks Drive
Melbourne, VIC 3004

Located on Bunurong Country

Please note that this property closes on days of extreme heat.

You will be able to use your tickets on another day, or request a refund.

Plan your visit

La Trobe’s Cottage

Address:

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

Open:

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

Closed:

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.

Phone:
03 9656 9889
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.

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

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

What's on

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January

Open Sundays

1pm to 3.30pm (close 4pm)

During January, we welcome families to the Cottage, with activities for the children.

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February

Open Sundays

1pm to 3.30pm (close 4pm)

During February, learn the story of La Trobe’s prefabricated house, and how factories in London were supplying such cottages for British colonies around the world.

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March

Open Sundays

1pm to 3.30pm (close 4pm)

During March, view a selection of La Trobe’s art and see other artists’ pictures of La Trobe’s Cottage.

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April

Open Sundays

1pm to 3.30pm (close 4pm)

During April, enjoy the Autumn garden and see plants we know featured in La Trobe’s ‘Jolimont’ garden.

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Government House

Select Mondays from 7 Feb

11am - 12pm

Join us on a guided tour of the State Hall, State Drawing Room, State Dining Room and the Ballroom.

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Weddings and Functions

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

Email functions@nattrust.com.au or phone (03) 9656 9889.

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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