Post European settlement historic sites within Victoria’s parks hold compelling stories of Australia’s earliest immigrants. Gold trails, grazing and early bushcraft insights await curious visitors. Those willing to walk and venture further afield can either share a picnic or camp overnight while building their knowledge of Victoria’s wealth of historic landmarks.
Popular parks with historic sites
Point Nepean National Park
Point Nepean has played an important role in shaping the early settlement and defense of Australia. Walk or cycle through this rugged coastal landscape.
Cape Otway and Apollo Bay
Breathtaking coastlines, dramatic cliff faces, deep valleys of tall forest and fern-clad gullies, and spectacular waterfalls all feature here in Cape Otway and Apollo Bay.
State Coal Mine
Offering an inexpensive day trip for the whole family, the State Coal Mine is an historic Gippsland attraction that fosters an understanding of Australia's cultural heritage with an authentic underground experience. Entry to the site is free above ground where you can follow the heritage walk among historic buildings.
Victorian era mansion built by wealthy pastoralists, the Chirnside family, in 1877.
Andersons Mill Historic Area
A fantastic spot for a picnic in a postcard setting on the banks of Birch's Creek at Smeaton, Andersons Mill stands as a reminder of an industry that flourished after the gold rush of the 1850s.
Beechworth Historic Park
Take a slow drive or walk around the historic Gorge Scenic Drive at Beechworth Historic Park.
Coolart Historic Area
Explore this tranquil park and its many different landscapes and relax in a place where history and conservation meet.
Visit the park's many heritage buildings - the park's namesake Kurth Kiln was built in the second world war to make charcoal which was then used in gas producer units attached to motor vehicles to produce combustible gas as an alternative to petrol during the Second World War. Four huts out of 18 purchased in the late 1940s by the the Forests Commission for returned servicemen also remain, along with the tall kiln and its iron chimney.
More to discover
Learn more about the culture, history and contemporary aspirations of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of our land.
Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.
Observe the dramatic landscapes and coastal scenery of Victoria from lookout vantage points dotted across state and national parks.
Fossicking and prospecting
Many of the world’s largest gold nuggets have been found in Victoria. Try your luck at fossicking and prospecting and find out what's required before you start sifting for gold.