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Captain Cooks Cottage

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Take yourself back to the 18th Century and wander through this quaint little cottage standing in the centre of the city of Melbourne, Australia

Experience a real sense of how people, including the Cooks, lived in England during that time.

The quaint little building can be found in the Fitzroy Gardens right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Listen to sounds of a bygone era, explore the gardens and marvel at the simplicity of life in the 18th Century.

Dismantled in England, shipped to Australia and put back together in 1933, we can now enjoy a trip back in time wandering through this little house.

If you listen closely you can hear an imaginary conversation that may have taken place way back all those years ago.

The house originally belonged to the parents of the famous Captain James Cook. It was built in the village of Great Ayton in Yorkshire, England. The Cottage is now located conveniently close to the world class Melbourne Conservatory.

With glorious English Elms to wander under, Autumn is a great season to run through the fallen leaves. A great opportunity to create some wonderful family photo memories.

European trees and majestic English Elm trees, Victorian fountains, statues and the amazing and forever growing Melbourne skyline provides a unique family leisure activity. All the family can take pleasure in exploring what these great parklands have to offer.

Cooks Cottage Fitzroy gardens melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/variationblogr/7524131308/  The Fitzroy Gardens Cooks Cottage
Statue of Captain James Cook in Fitzroy Gardens melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_hh/400722208/  Statue Of Captain James Cook
Melbourne Conservatory Fitzroy gardens Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/wlcutler/3069349092/  Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne Conservatory

Where Is Cooks Cottage?

Easy to find using the Google Map below.

If you would like to plan your journey into the city just follow the trip planner.

Enter your starting point and destination, then follow the prompts.


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The Opening Hours

Monday through to Sunday.

9:00am --- 5:00pm (last visitor 4:45pm)

Captain Cooks Cottage is not open on Christmas Day

Entry costs are very reasonable, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Travel in by car

Metered parking is available on the boundaries of Wellington Parade, Claredon Street, Albert Street and Landsdown Street.

This operates from Monday through to Saturday.

Travel in by Public Transport

Take the Tram 48 or 75 from Flinders/Swanston Street to Stop 9 on Wellington Parade.

Catch the Free City Circle Tram Eastbound.

Hop off at Spring Street and walk south on Spring Street, across the Treasury Gardens and cross over Landsdown Street.

Or you can catch the Train to Parliament Station, Spring Street Exit.

Walk through the Treasury Gardens and cross over Landsdown Street.

Melbourne Hop on Hop off Bus Tour

With your choice of both 24 hour and 48 hour hop on hop off bus tickets, you can choose an option that best suits both your itinerary and budget and save yourself a bunch of money when sightseeing in Victoria's capital in the process.

Save stress on both your legs and your wallet; grab a hop on hop off pass online today and ensure you get the most out of your visit to one of the world's most liveable cities with more freedom than your standard guided bus tour.

The 'Hop On Hop Off' City Tour stops at these destinations 

  • Federation Square (Main Stop)
  • SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
  • Eureka Skydeck 88
  • Crown Casino & Entertainment Complex
  • South Wharf/DFO
  • Harbour Town/Melbourne Star
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Royal Melbourne Zoo
  • Lygon Street Carlton
  • Melbourne Museum/IMAX
  • Chinatown
  • Cathedral Place
  • Fitzroy Gardens - home to the Cooks Cottage
  • MCG/Sports precinct
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What To See At Cooks Cottage

The Garden around the Cottage is typically English, with herbs, vegetables and flowers that might have been grown and used for food, medicine, dyes, fragrances etc...

Wander around and take in all the sights, the perfumes and the ambiance...so good for the soul.

Cooks Cottage 18th Century English gardenTypical Flowers In An 18th Century Garden
Mailbox outside Cooks Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamretsam/2181163242/

Send a Postcard to someone special

Mail a postcard back home to family or friends at the Red Post Box, a replica of an early English mailbox.

Select one of the many postcards at on offer, some are even pre-stamped.

Get your postcard specially franked and then send it on its way.


animated sailing ship of by-gone era

Sail the High Seas at Cooks Cottage

With a great interactive display of Cook's 3 voyages you can experience the sights, sounds and excitement of days gone by.


A Photo Shoot at the Discovery Center

Have a life size photo of yourself and your family taken in an 18th Century pose.

Be sure to visit the Captain Cook's Gift Shop where you can purchase your gifts and souvenirs from the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, 100 metres away from the cottage.

Choose from the great  selection of souvenirs and gifts such as ;

  • Model Ships.
  • Maps of Cooks Voyages.
  • Compasses.
  • DVD's and books on Cook's Journeys.
  • A selection of replicas of the Cooks Cottage.
  • Keyrings.
  • Magnets.
  • Spoons.
  • Stationary.
  • Apparel.
  • Confectionery.
  • Books and CD's.
  • Postcards and so much more...
Inside Cooks Cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/usafa87/307525241/  Very Basic Implements Used In Early 18th Century Living

Life was simple and unaffected in the 18th Century.

No computers, television or electricity! Everything had a use and was recycled. Basic and bare essentials were used to do everything.

When you have finished exploring the Cottage you may like to amble through the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens.

Cooks Cottage and Signpost compliments of  http://www.flickr.com/photos/newt42/3709428499/ Directional Sign Post In Fitzroy Gardens

Wander the rest of the magnificent Fitzroy Gardens

Here in the Fitzroy Gardens you can also find the Scarred Tree and the Fairies Tree. Explore these other attractions near Cooks Cottage.

  • The Conservatory.
  • Sinclair's Cottage (view from the outside)
  • The Pavilion Cafe.
  • The Model Tudor Village.
  • The English Elm Trees.
Scarred Tree and Fairy tree Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne Australia
Sinclairs Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/nick_au/4709574723/  Sinclairs Cottage Fitzroy Gardens
Miniature Tudor Village Fitzroy Gardens melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/leekelleher/195426075/  Miniature Tudor Village Fitzroy Gardens

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