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Address: Corner Birdwood Avenue and Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia
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Sun 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Small but elegant cottage

Charles La Trobe was the first superintendent of the Port Phillip district, which later became Victoria. His cottage was built in 1839. It was said to be small but elegantly... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2016
Jeffry B
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne Australia
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Reviewed February 1, 2017

Governor Latrobe's Cottage (more a small family home), dating from the 1830s is a rare survivor and you can visit it courtesy of the National Trust. Almost hidden away from view, next to the Botanic Gardens, the Observatory and new Government House, this cluster of small pre-fabricated timber buildings dates from the 1830s and is an extraordinary place to visit.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

Charles La Trobe was the first superintendent of the Port Phillip district, which later became Victoria. His cottage was built in 1839. It was said to be small but elegantly furnished and constructed. The cottage is open for inspection and can be seen on a joint ticket with Government House, which is close by..

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Thank Jeffry B
Ballarat, Australia
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Reviewed June 7, 2016

I recently took my eight year old to Melbourne for the National Trust Open day after subscribing to their event emails and seeing that you could visit so many places. I had always planned to go to some of our historical properties, such as La Trobe's cottage, but have made a concentrated effort to go this year to soak in... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2016

These are some really nice cottages set in amongst the parkland but disappointing for me they are not original, plus you cannot go inside. There are storyboards outside you can read then take a few photos but that is just about it.

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Thank Dorsetbruce
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 12, 2016

Victorians have a habit of honouring their "betters." Charles La Trobe was the first superintendent of the Port Phillip District, later Lieutentant Governor of Victoria. The dining room of La Trobe's Cottage is said to be the oldest remaining colonial structure in Victoria. Those anticipating a grand building will be disappointed, but the cottage does have a certain rustic charm.... More 

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Thank Jeffry B
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed October 4, 2015

This is a lovely place to go for a walk in the garden. This is a cute little english cottage. A bit weird being in the middle of Melbourne though. A little gem of a place to sit and take a picnic though.

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Melbourne
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Reviewed July 29, 2015

I would have loved to see inside but we were fortunate enough to come across a gardener who gave us a rundown of the property from the outside. i am fascinated and cant wait to actually go inside Governor Latrobe's Cottage. The garden is lovely and well tendered and the buildings look well kept also from the outside.

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Thank Natalie1964
Auckland
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Reviewed May 22, 2015

I love history and would have loved to see inside this 1839 cottage of Governor La Trobe, within its recreated garden. Had to be content with the outside. Check the internet re open times and could combine with a visit to the Botanic Gardens which it is over the road from, or the Shrine of Remembrance which it is across... More 

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Thank AnonymousAuckland
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed December 12, 2014

Governor La Trobe was a remarkable man: administrator, innovator, traveller, writer, sketcher. So, after doing quite a bit of reading of his writings and reading about him, I was motivated to take a fresh look at the prefabricated cottage he lived in with his wife. In itself it is modest. However if you think about all the details of living... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed September 1, 2014

A visit to Governor La Trobe's cottage is easily combined with a picnic in the Botanic Gardens and/or a visit to the old Melbourne Observatory. La Trobe's cottage is not exactly palatial, but in 1850 Melbourne was only beginning. Check the internet for times when it's open. The Shrine is also nearby. With cottage, gardens, observatory and Shrine all so... More 

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