Historic sites

Historic sites

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Historic sites

Post European settlement historic sites within Victoria’s parks hold compelling stories of Australia’s earliest immigrants. Gold trails, grazing and early bushcraft insights await curious visitors. Those willing to walk and venture further afield can either share a picnic or camp overnight while building their knowledge of Victoria’s wealth of historic landmarks.

Popular parks with historic sites

South Channel Fort in Port Philip part of the Point Nepean National Park.

Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean has played an important role in shaping the early settlement and defense of Australia. Walk or cycle through this rugged coastal landscape.
A woman with a large hiking pack takes in the view from Blanket Bay Campground.

Cape Otway and Apollo Bay

Breathtaking coastlines, dramatic cliff faces, deep valleys of tall forest and fern-clad gullies, and spectacular waterfalls all feature here in Cape Otway and Apollo Bay.
A group of children on a tour in the State Coal Mine.

State Coal Mine

Offering an inexpensive day trip for the whole family, the State Coal Mine is an historic Gippsland attraction that fosters an understanding of Australia's cultural heritage with an authentic underground experience. Entry to the site is free above ground where you can follow the heritage walk among historic buildings.
The interior of the historic Werribee Park Mansion.

Werribee Mansion

Victorian era mansion built by wealthy pastoralists, the Chirnside family, in 1877.

More to discover

 
A couple take a tour of Spermwhale Head with traditional owners from the Gurnaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation.

Aboriginal heritage

Learn more about the culture, history and contemporary aspirations of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of our land.
A couple walk down the track and away from the Lighthouse at Cape Schank on the Mornington Peninsula.

Lighthouses

Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.
A couple in their twenties chat at the Lakeview lookout in the Grampians National Park.

Lookouts

Observe the dramatic landscapes and coastal scenery of Victoria from lookout vantage points dotted across state and national parks.
A boy crouches at the waters panning for gold in a river.

Goldpanning

Many of the world’s largest gold nuggets have been found in the Golden Triangle of central Victoria - try your luck at fossicking.
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