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Bonegilla Migrant Experience

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Worth a visit

We recently spent some time at the Bonegilla Migrant experience. We took the guided tour which I... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Central Victoria
Interesting History

Didn't know what to expect, but found it to be a very interesting look into Australia's migrant... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was once made up of 24 blocks. It had its own churches, banks, sporting fields, cinema, hospital, police station and railway platform. Today, Block 19 is all that remains of the original site...more
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82 Bonegilla Rd | Nr. Wodonga, Bonegilla, Victoria 3691, Australia
+61 2 6020 6912
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 31 October 2014

We had to visit here as I was part of the history here as a young child. Originally built as an army camp, which later became the Bonegilla Migrant reception centre after World War II up until 1971. Although all of the dozens of blocks...More

8  Thank 1TraveltheWorld
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

This facility is run by volunteers who do a very good job. You may take a guided tour which lasts at least an hour. There are a couple of interactive displays which are very interesting. There is a bit of a walk so I would...More

2  Thank Cheryl V
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We recently spent some time at the Bonegilla Migrant experience. We took the guided tour which I think goes every day. It was most informative. The staff were very helpful as one of our party had come through here as a baby. All of their...More

Thank Romano_Colonia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't know what to expect, but found it to be a very interesting look into Australia's migrant history. They came to a strange country and were placed into old army barracks until they found a place to go. I expected to be there for half...More

1  Thank PaulO3334
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit particularly if you have an migrant background but really everyone should experience this. The staff are incredibly helpful and it is set up to enable you to have a guided tour or walk around yourself. All free of charge. You learn...More

1  Thank JustineBrown72
Reviewed 23 June 2018

We arrived here when I was 5.... could not remember most things but too see our names on the computers and our family history was astonishing. A walk back in time will ask more questions from Mum.glad it is a reminder families had to pay...More

Thank Joanne R
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

Like so many others in this part of the world my family arrived in Australia via Bonegilla. I've always heard about it but only now for to go there. I think if you're interested in family history it's somewhere worth going to even though there's...More

Thank Kay004
Reviewed 5 May 2018

When my grandparents emigrated here from Europe after WW2, this was their first stop. I grew up eagerly listening to the stories of my grandparents short time here and their past stories of their old home country. While through doing my ancestry, I found they...More

Thank LorynT23
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Visited as a child of a £10 Pom. The experience brought to life the story told by my family. It is a raw, deserted, dusty area with roos everywhere. Don’t forget to stop and see the railway siding where new Australians alighted. The staff were...More

Thank Kyola
Reviewed 29 March 2018

There is parking in front of the entrance. There is no entrance fee but donations are welcome. You start with a video that explains why the immigrants came to Bonegilla. You will see several buildings. Every with his own function.

Thank AmarilisVos
Reviewed 10 March 2018

Bonegilla was very awe inspiring, to understand the concept of leaving a world you grew up in and entering one you had no idea about must of been terrifying. The stories in this place ( some good, some bad ) are a must read. The...More

Thank maso65
Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Especially interesting if you have relatives who came through Bonegilla, it shines a light on history showing how Australia became such a cultural melting pot. Original video footage and photographs also show 1950s life & politics. Staff incredibly helpful assisting with online document finding and...More

Thank Jewel236
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