Built in 1755, Cooks' Cottage is the oldest building in Australia, with a fascinating past.
Originally located in Yorkshire, England, the cottage was brought to the Fitzroy Gardens by Sir Russell Grimwade in 1934.
Navigator and explorer Captain James Cook never lived in the cottage – he’d been away from home for almost ten years when his father built it – but this connection to the Cook family was enough to prompt Grimwade to transport the cottage to the other side of the world. Astonishingly, each brick was individually numbered, packed into barrels and then shipped to Australia, along with cuttings of the original ivy coverings.
Come and explore this historic oddity and learn about its English origins and relocation to Melbourne, visit the adjacent cottage garden with medicinal herbs and remedies and dress in 18th century costumes.
Entry to the cottage includes a comprehensive fact sheet for a self-guided tour. Available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, German, French and Korean. Mandarin and Indonesian translations are available for the multi-media experience.
Getting to Cooks' Cottage
- 15 minute walk from Federation Square and easy walking distance from the city centre
- Free City Circle tram – disembark at Spring Street, Treasury Gardens stop
- Tram routes 48 or 75 – disembark at Wellington Parade, adjacent to Fitzroy Gardens
- Train – disembark at Parliament or Jolimont Stations
- Public car parking surrounds the gardens (parking tickets may be required)
What's On at Cooks' Cottage
Look out for seasonal school holiday programs and special events throughout the year.