Welcome to East Melbourne
Steeped in history, East Melbourne is filled with 19th century homes and iconic parklands. Terraces and apartments are slowly replacing the impressive historical mansions. East Melbourne is the home of Victoria's Parliament House.
One of the most prominent buildings in East Melbourne is St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, built in the 19th century. The mesmerising golden light that enters this building, along with the amazing acoustics inside, make this cathedral incredibly popular. The building itself is a distinguished example of the Gothic Revival style. There is even a gift shop where rosary beads and hand-crafted gifts are sold.
For a journey through Melbourne's past, the City Museum at Old Treasury is a top choice. The permanent 'Making Melbourne' exhibition communicates the story of this great city through artefacts, images and visual technology. While you are here, check out the historic gold vaults, some of which house the 'Built on Gold' exhibition. 'Built on Gold' details Victoria's new-found riches during the gold rush era and how the money was spent within the city.
Fitzroy Gardens add a touch of parkland to the bustling streets of East Melbourne. Located within the gardens is the 'fairies tree', carved by sculptor Ola Cohn. A majestic river red gum, the fairies tree features pictures of elves, fairies and Australian animals.
Also located in Fotzroy Gardens is Cook's Cottage, the original dream home of James and Grace Cook, parents of Captain James Cook. The cottage was originally built in Yorkshire, before being relocated to Melbourne in 1933. Everything about the cottage is authentic, from the bricks and furnishings to the 18th century cottage garden.
East Melbourne is also home to the world famous Melbourne Cricket Ground. Whatever your taste in sport - whether it's cricket, football or soccer - the MCG has it. Visitors can also take a guided tour around the venue, which is well worth it. The opportunity to experience the venue outside of event days will make you appreciate how amazing this ground really is.