It is impossible to think about the City of Melbourne’s attractions without mentioning La Trobe’s Cottage, a building that housed Victoria’s pioneer government.
The cottage was home for Joseph La Trobe and his family between 1839 and 1854. It is fascinating to know that the home was prefabricated in Britain before it was shipped to Australia in 1839. Initially, the cottage was located in Jolimont but has since been relocated to Kings Domain near the Royal Botanic Gardens, yet another popular tourist attraction.
La Trobe’s Cottage, Entry Prices, Hours, Location & Melbourne Tours
Part of the reason for this is that Joseph La Trobe is credited with the evolution of Melbourne’s cultural practices, ranging from the construction of the museum and library to the development of expansive parklands to preserve the natural beauty of the city. Interestingly, a statue in his honour was erected in 2006, more than a century later.
Tours of the cottage can be merged with tours of the Government House. The latter is still operational in an official capacity, but visitors can take tours of the State Rooms, the Old kitchens as well as the Billiard Room. For this unique tour, visitors must make bookings beforehand. Group Tours are available all year round by appointment.