The Heights

Prefabricated in Hamburg, Germany, the Heights was erected in 1854 and is the largest dwelling of its kind in Victoria.

Made to order in Germany then exported to Australia where it was assembled in 1855 for businessman Charles Ibbotson. The Heights is the largest prefabricated house in Victoria. Owned by three generations of the one family it was bequeathed by the last owner to the National Trust in 1975. Explore this unique property which still retains many of its mid-nineteenth century charms. The stables, water tower, groom’s cottage and dovecote are all in original condition.


Summer of Mystery Exhibition

5 Jan – 27 Feb 2022

Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm

Do you have the qualities of logic and deduction to become a sleuth? This summer why not explore your criminal imagination and learn to plot a fictional murder.  We are celebrating women crime writers and fictional crime fighters. Enjoy an immersive recreation of mystery and mayhem in the historical setting of The Heights and join us for a Summer of Mystery.

The display features costumes and props from the world of Miss Phryne Fisher, and her niece Peregrine, and recreates scenes from well-known crime novels, showcasing both historical and living authors.  

And there will be the Trust Trail of Mystery to keep the kids busy.




Planning your visit

The Heights


140 Aphrasia Street
Newtown 3220 VIC


The Heights house open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm


Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day

Bookings Office on (03) 9656 9889 Mon-Fri
Entry Fees:

House Tour and Garden entry
National Trust members: Free
Adult: $10
Concession: $7
Children: $4
Family (2 Adults+ 2 Children): $20

What we offer:

Weddings and Functions at The Heights

For weddings and function enquiries, please visit The Heights Venue Hire webpage or contact our National Trust team.

Email – 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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