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“Step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cooks' Cottage

Cooks' Cottage
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Melbourne City Sights with Chadstone Shopping Experience
Ranked #50 of 398 things to do in Melbourne
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Murwillumbah, Australia
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18 reviews
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“Step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Set in a beautiful garden is James Cooks family home which was purchased and transported from England to Melbourne. They provide dress up clothes which was great fun. Makes the photos much more realistic. The history lesson was great

Visited May 2014
Thank Marzeedabouta
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A piece of Yorkshire”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Built by the parents of Captain James Cook in 1755. It was shipped over to Australia brick by brick in the 1930's. Since then it has remained in Fitzroy Gardens, complete with a Union Jack on a flagpole and a bright red post box. It is only just over $3 to visit. It is very tiny inside. The beds are ultra short, in the old days it was thought healthy to sleep sitting upright. There's a small herb garden out the back and you have the chance to dress up in 18th century costume is you so wish. The cottage was recently vandalised on Australia day but spray paint was rapidly removed. It is too cramped to spend any longer than about fifteen minutes inside.

Visited August 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Cooks Cottage Melbourne”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

This building is older than Australia itself and was built even before Captain Cook came here in 1770. It was the house of Captain Cook's parents and was built in 1755. The First Fleet came here in 1788 so the building is the oldest building in Australia. It came from Whitbury Yorkshire in England and was purchased by Charles Grimwade in 1934 to celebrate the centenary of Victoria. It is amazing as it is dismantled and each piece numbered and built here in Melbourne. It also has maps and instruments of Captain Cook. The stairs are a bit narrow and the house rather small but a typical English house with picket fence. It was disappointing that on Australia Day 2014 some misguided people wrote Invasion Day in white paint and vandalised and graffiti it. Cook can not be responsible for settlement of Australia as he was dead long before 1788.

Visited September 2013
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Coomera, Australia
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“Watch your head if you're over 5ft tall!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

The cottage garden was just delightful. The weather was cold and drizzly and was perfect for the feel of the place. I could've spent hours in that garden I just loved it.
The doorway was very small even when bending down, My husband was 6'7" and is now 6'6"!!!
There's dress ups if you're so inclined... We were!!!
It was very quaint and quite enjoyable to take this journey back in our history.

Visited March 2014
Thank Cindie B
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Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews
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“A picturesque foray into Australia's & Englands Historical Past!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Cooks Cottage, located in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Australia is a lovely example of late 1700's architecture of the time. Each room in the home is beautifully displayed with period furniture/art and clothing and I enjoyed reading all the various notes of explanation that where strategically placed in each area. Finally, what a wonderful way to end the tour by meandering out into the grounds to enjoy the gorgeous flower displays of the Fitzroy Gardens.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank David H
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