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Cooks' Cottage

Cook's Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne. 
A visit to the historic landmark Cooks' Cottage, situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens, is a must when exploring Melbourne.

Built in 1755, Cooks' Cottage is the oldest building in Australia and a popular Melbourne tourist attraction.

Originally located in Yorkshire, England, and built by the parents of Captain James Cook, the cottage was brought to Melbourne by Sir Russell Grimwade in 1934. Astonishingly, each brick was individually numbered, packed into barrels and then shipped to Australia.

Combining modern interpretations of Captain Cook's adventures, centuries-old antiques, a delightful English cottage garden and volunteers dressed in 18th century costumes, Cooks' Cottage is a fascinating step back in time.

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.

School tours and group tours and visits are also available.

Tickets and souvenirs can be purchased from the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, just 100 metres away.

Getting to Cooks' Cottage

  • 15 minute walk from Federation Square and easy walking distance from all central hotels
  • 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.

Australian Open Tennis – Half Price Offer

Make the most of your Australian Open ticket by also visiting a local Melbourne icon. Cooks’ Cottage, only a short walk from Melbourne Park, is offering half price entry to all tennis ticket holders. Simply present your ticket to Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre staff upon purchasing your entry to Cooks’ Cottage. (Note: Not available with any other offer and valid until 28 February 2015).


Fitzroy Gardens
Wellington Parade
East Melbourne VIC 3002

Contact details

Phone: 9658 9658
Email Cooks' Cottage

Opening hours

Daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day)
Last entry at 4.45pm


General entry: Adults $6
Concession* $3.60
Children (5-15 years) $3
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $16.50

Groups (8 or more): Adults $3.30, Children $2.20

More about school tours and group visits.

* Concession applies to students, seniors and pensioners


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