Cooks Cottage


"Cooks cottage is charming, steeped in history and set in beautiful Fitzroy Gardens"

This is a great cultural thing to do in Melbourne and won't take more than an hour or so to do. We really enjoyed learning about Captain Cook and life in the 18th Century.


What Can You See And Do At The Cottage?


Believe it or not but this cottage was actually built in Yorkshire in the UK in 1755 and was Captain James Cook's parents house. It was then transported all the way to Melbourne and rebuilt in 1934.

The Cottage is two stories and you get to wander round in all the rooms and get a feel for what life would be like for Cook and his family in the 1800's. There is even audio of a typical breakfast occasion.

There is also a learning centre that talks more about Captain Cook and his heroic journey and of course his discovery of Australia.

Did you know he died on 14 February 1779 in Hawaii. It is thought that he was cannibalised by the natives.

The garden is also very English with herbs growing. Nice for a look round.

Opening times are 9am to 5pm daily



Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne


The Cottage is inside Fitzroy Gardens so it's worth having a little wander around these gardens whilst you are here.

Fitzroy gardens are located in Wellington Parade and Albert Street, East Melbourne

You can get there by taking the Tram number 48 or 75 along Flinders Street to stop 14A.

Worth visiting are

  • The Fairies Tree - lovely carvings on an old gum tree
  • The Conservatory - indoor floral displays
  • The many fountains and sculptures - dotted all over the gardens


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