La Trobe’s Cottage

The original home of Victoria's first Lt. Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe from 1839 to 1854.

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.

Melbourne’s oldest surviving building, the restored cottage replicates the original prefabricated structure and contains items belonging to La Trobe and other artifacts from the earliest time of Victoria’s settlement.

The La Trobe Society have more information about Governor La Trobe. La Trobe’s Cottage is open on Sundays from October to April from 2pm – 4pm.

Governor Linda Dessau talks about Governor La Trobe and the history of Victoria’s Governors – see video below on this page.


Book your tour of Government House and La Trobe’s Cottage today!

To book please call (03) 9656 9889 or email

Discover Melbourne’s rich heritage in the grand State Rooms of Government House and in simple yet elegant La Trobe’s Cottage, home to Victoria’s first Lieutenant-Governor.  Tours run all year round on Mondays and Thursdays for individuals or for groups of up to 30 people and  subject to the availability of Government House and must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Please note Government house is closed 19 December to 12 February

Adult $18
Concession $13
Child $10


Please note that separate tours of La Trobe’s Cottage are available. Please contact our Bookings team to discuss on (03) 9656 9889 or



La Trobe's Cottage - Planning your visit


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


Open October to April on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm.
Open Australia Day 1pm to 4pm.
Group tours available at La Trobe’s Cottage & Government House Monday and Thursday, all year round.


Christmas Day and Grand Prix weekend in March.

Bookings Office on 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 for groups of up to 30 people.
Cash only, no EPTPOS available.

What we offer:

Weddings and Function Inquiries at La Trobe's Cottage

For weddings and function enquiries, please contact our Functions team.

Email – or phone 9656 9845.


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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