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Elegant enclave walk

Historic Sinclair's Cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens
​Take a stroll to East Melbourne and discover elaborate ironwork, classic columns and lofty verandas from the Victorian era.

Walking time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 3 km​ ​ ​

On this self-guided walk you'll discover some architectural gems of the Victorian era. The walk takes you through the heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens and around the stately and historic residences of East Melbourne.

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Sights on this walk

1. Flinders Street Station
A great place to start your walk is Flinders Street - the bustling centre of Melbourne. From here it’s a short stroll to Cooks' Cottage.

2. Cooks’ Cottage
Cooks’ Cottage, shipped all the way from England, was the home of explorer James Cook’s parents.

3. Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre
Stop by the Visitor Centre for information, merchandise or to speak with the friendly visitor services team.

4. Hepburn Terrace
Built in 1874, Hepburn Terrace at 199-209 George Street is a fine example of the Victorian homes that define inner Melbourne.

5. 193 and 188 George Street
These two mansions opposite each other have been beautifully restored.

6. 182 George Street
Built in 1856, this terrace is one of East Melbourne’s oldest homes.

7. 178 George Street
Behind the hedge is gracious Braemar, dating to 1865, which was nearly demolished in the 1970s.

8. Grand house
On the corner of George and Powlett Streets is a grand house that is now four apartments. Built in the 1860s and extended in the 1930s, it was home to Sir Benjamin Benjamin, the first Jewish Lord Mayor of Melbourne in the 1880s.

9. Foynes and Eastcourt
These two neighbouring homes from the 1880s, at 52 and 54 Powlett Street, have masses of iron lacework.

10. 125b George Street
The house at the end of the drive was part of an early farm.

11. Art Deco flats
The Art Deco flats at 109 George Street were built in 1930.

12. 1920s post office
At 24 George Street is a converted 1920s post office.

13. Georgian Court
Georgian Court, at 21 George Street, was built as apartments in 1860 and is now a bed and breakfast.

14. 49 George Street
Built in 1865, this was the home of Melbourne’s first surveyor, Robert Russell.

15. Queen Bess Row
The magnificent Queen Bess Row, on the corner of Simpson and Hotham Streets, was built in 1886 and is now three private homes.

16. Sydenham House
This two-storey house with arched windows was built in 1856 as a girls’ school.

17. Dorset Terrace
Dorset Terrace, at 114-120 Hotham Street, has front doors unusually placed diagonally to the gates.

18. Cairns Memorial Presbyterian Church
The former 1880s Cairns Memorial Presbyterian Church was converted into apartments after a fire in the 1980s.

19. 90 Gipps Street
As you head into Nunn Lane, note the Victorian home on the lane’s right side with its contemporary addition.

20. 138 Powlett Street
This 1868 home has an unusual opera-box-style balcony. Like other houses along here, it looks two storied but, because of a slope, is three storeys at the rear.

21. 130 Powlett Street
This terrace house was built in 1867.

22. 1873 mansion
Built in 1873 with an arched veranda, Crathre has been a private hospital and rooming house. The mansion was saved from demolition and is now a restored private home.

23. Nepean Terrace
Nepean Terrace at 128-132 Gipps Street was the home of actor Frederick Baker who died on stage at the Princess Theatre in 1888 and whose ghost, Federici, is said to haunt the theatre.

24. 179 Gipps Street
This was the townhouse of Constance Stone, who became Australia’s first female doctor in 1890.

25. 159 Gipps Street
Little Parndon, at 159 Gipps Street, was home to Eugene von Guerard, a prominent artist and teacher in the late 1800s.

26. 155 Gipps Street
At 155 Gipps Street, artist-author Norman Lindsay (who wrote ‘The Magic Pudding’) courted first wife Kate Parkinson in the 1890s.

27. 107 Powlett Street
Behind the white wall at 107 Powlett Street is the former home of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ author Joan Lindsay and husband Daryl Lindsay, once director of the National Gallery of Victoria.

28. Canterbury Terrace
Built in 1878, Canterbury Terrace at 82-112 Powlett Street is Melbourne’s longest terrace, encompassing 16 homes.

29. 85 Powlett
The terrace house at 85 Powlett Street was home to Peter Lalor, who lead miners in the 1854 Eureka Stockade uprising in Ballarat.

30. 157 Hotham Street
Dubbed the Gothic House, this 1861 bluestone home was designed by architect Joseph Reed (who designed Melbourne Town Hall, State Library and Royal Exhibition Building).

31. Fairhall
At 154 Hotham Street is an elegant 1860 townhouse, now the home of The Johnston Collection, a house museum.

32. Cyprus Terrace
At 158-164 Hotham Street, Cyprus Terrace was designed to look like two grand houses but is actually four homes.

33. Bishopscourt
Hidden behind the long black fence running along Hotham Street is Bishopscourt, home to Anglican archbishops since it was built in 1853.

34. Fairies’ Tree
Head into the Fitzroy Gardens, where you’ll find the Fairies’ Tree, created by one-time East Melbourne sculptor Ola Cohn.

Continue into the Treasury Gardens before heading to Federation Square, a centre of cultural activity for Melbourne.

Map of the elegant enclave walk

map of the elegant enclave walk


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