Port Fairy, Victoria. A charming old fishing village about 300km west of Melbourne, Port Fairy has wide streets lined with 19th century cottages, Norfolk pines, old stone churches, boarding houses and inns. More than 50 buildings in the town are classified by the National Trust.
Labassa, 2 Manor Grove, Caulfield North. Built 1889-91. Originally named Ontario, is one of the most lavish and ornate 19th century residences in Melbourne. This is often considered to be the finest work by German architect J.A.B. Koch. Koch was employed by Alexander W. Robertson, who instructed Koch to build "the most magnificent house in Melbourne". The property once extended to St Kilda beach (~4km away). Between 1914 & 1917, subdivisions took place, reducing the site to four acres.
The Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens were completed in 1880 for Melbourne’s first international exhibition, a product of the optimism, enthusiasm and energy of the people of Melbourne in the late-19th century. Melbourne was a prosperous city, basking in the wealth from the richest gold rush in the world.
Queens Bess Row is a beautiful example of boom time Queen Anne styled residential architecture that became popular during the late 19th and early 20th century. The building was designed as a 'row' of three four storey houses in 1886 and was one of Melbourne's first apartment buildings. It features classic Queen Anne gables, pitched slate roof, prominent chimneys, arcaded verandas and dormer windows.
Flinders St Station is a major landmark in central Melbourne and is also a popular place to meet. With Victorian architecture and striking, large clock faces, Melbourne's Flinders Street Station was built in the late 19th century. It is said to the busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere. Its striking Victorian architecture maintains the city's link with the past even as it sits cheek by jowl with the contrasting 21st century Federation Square.