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Cooks' Cottage

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Address: Fitzroy Gardens | Wellington Parade, Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia
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A visit to the historic landmark Cooks' Cottage, situated in the beautiful...

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 visits/tours are available. Seasonal school holiday programs and special events are also held throughout the year.

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

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Our tour group only stopped briefly so we were somewhat rushed to pay the admission (different building), return and quickly tour the small cottage. Allow at least 30 minutes. It... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Moved from England this is the childhood home of the man who mapped Western Australia. Oldest building in Australia, I suppose it qualifies, although it was not actually built here. Lovely building, we maintained with informative signage- what were the many things that people living in England used in their homes in the 1750s? There are costumes to try on... More 

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Ulladulla, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Friendly, welcoming guides who know their stuff - a great look into 18th Century life. It's worth the visit.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our tour group only stopped briefly so we were somewhat rushed to pay the admission (different building), return and quickly tour the small cottage. Allow at least 30 minutes. It takes time to read all the information displayed but still a delight just to see the historical living quarters. The docents were friendly and informative. Visit was educational and fun.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nestled in the serene fitzroy gardens. This small cottage is another interesting bit of history and pays homage to the great adventurer. For all the political hubbub around 26th January, its a nice reminder that the actual people were motivated by a sense of adventure above all. The $5 fee was a minor irritation (full disclosure: i am prone to... More 

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Queensland Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cooks Cottage reassembled in Fitzroy Gardens is a lovely little piece of our English history. A nice place to have a visit and see how things were over a hundred years ago in England. There is a very informative video you can sit and watch too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband had this as No 1 on his list to see in Melbourne. The highlight for me was the video on Cook which was very enlightening (it's available in the nearby shop) & whatever the debatable ethics of Cook claiming Australia for a distant Empire you have to admire his courage, resilience and intelligence. It was a 38 degree... More 

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Thank Kate R
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This quaint little cottage is a must see if you're in the Botanical Gardens; its amazing to see how modestly we lived back in the day! The garden behind the cottage is beautiful, you can sit for a bit and just watch the world go by. I loved it.

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Kolkata, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cottage where parents of Captain Cook lived in England in the 18th Century was dismantled in 1933 and re-installed in the Fritzroy Gardens in Melbourne in 1934.The grounds would delight all who love flowers.People inside the cottage dress in 18th century style for visitors. The souvenir shop sells very good products Made in INDIA. You can also buy Australian... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing to realise the history of this building and the small stature of the man who did so much in discovering the wider world.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A little gem in a beautiful park Fitzroy park. Lovely looking cottage full of very intersting furniture and information about the Cook family and how people of that era lived. The ladies who help with the cottage are in dress of the time and willing to answer any question you may have. There is also an opportunity for adults and... More 

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