A visit to historic Cooks' Cottage, situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens, is a must when exploring City of Melbourne.
Built in 1755, Cooks' Cottage is the oldest building in Australia and a popular Melbourne tourist attraction.
Originally located in Yorkshire, England, and built by the parents of Captain James Cook, the cottage was brought to Melbourne by Sir Russell Grimwade in 1934. It was purchased for 800 pounds, which is equivalent to $72,000 today!
Astonishingly, each brick was individually numbered, packed into barrels and then shipped to Australia. Even the cottage’s original ivy was transported from England, and still flourishes on the cottage’s walls.
Combining modern interpretations of Captain Cook's adventures, centuries-old antiques, a delightful English cottage garden and volunteers dressed in 18th century costumes, Cooks' Cottage is a fascinating step back in time.
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Daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day) Last entry at 4.45pm
Tickets can be purchased here at the Visitor Centre.
|General entry||Adults $6.70 |
|Concession (students, seniors and pensioners) $5.10|
|Children (5 - 15 years) $3.60 |
|Family (2 adults, 2 children) $18.50|
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|Groups (8 or more)||Adults $3.90|
Entry to the cottage includes a comprehensive fact sheet, available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, German, French and Korean.
What's on at Cooks' Cottage
Cooks' Cottage Winter Wildlife Expedition 29 June – 14 July. Children will forage for hiding Australian animals around the cottage and garden in a fun-filled and interactive adventure, with a prize on completion. The activity is self-led and suitable for primary school-aged children.
Look out for seasonal school holiday programs and special events throughout the year.