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Cooks' Cottage, Melbourne

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A remarkable practical achievement in itself, the quaint, red-brick complex that is Cooks' Cottage was dismantled and transported piece-by-piece from its original home in England. Now located in Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne, the cottage serves as a rustic-style, ivy-covered reminder of Australia’s colonial past. Immaculately preserved and authentically charming, the building’s furnishings are all representative of the era in which it was constructed. Put Cooks' Cottage into our Melbourne vacation builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • A person in period dress will likely greet you as you enter the enclosure and explain some of the history of this house. This house was brought over to Australia in 1930s and since it was built in 175...  more »
  • If your into history and gardens this is the place to go. Was very cute and nice to see once. Need a nice day to go  more »
  • Much there not to see here, but you have to pay admission. It's the discoverer's childhood home of James Cook. This was brought from England to Australia and is now here to visit in the garden. The equipment corresponds to the past and in the barn, a mini exhibition of Cook's voyages of discovery. Be photographed kan also in historical costumes. Is quite interesting and who is interested in history, should the House viewing.
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  • Very interesting. Not crowded. Smaller living area than you would expect.
  • The cottage is tiny (as you might expect). The front half is restored with period furniture and there are helpful staff in period costume who describe a lot of things you wouldn't realise just by looking (unless you are a history buff I guess). The rear (stables) is a display room about James Cook's life and expeditions. $18 for a family. Well worth it if you have the time to listen to the guides and read all the displays. If not then you can easily view the outside of the cottage for free as it is just surrounded by a low garden fence.
  • Captain Cook's cottage is definitely worth a look while you're visiting the Fitzroy Gardens. Entry price allows you to enter gate, walk around the gardens filled with aromatic herbs, and walk through the cottage at your leisure catching a glimpse of life in the 1700s. The back room contains a large amount of information about Captain Cook as well as other explorers. One nice bonus is that they have period costumes for guests to dress up in for photos which the staff will kindly take for free! It adds a lot of fun to the experience.
  • This cottage brings back certain elements of Captain Cook's life in the 18th century. Also there are guides who can tell a lot of interesting stories related to Cook. Another aspect is that this cottage gives a glimpse of that era. The Fitzroy park where this cottage is located holds other attractions as well. Loved the park.
  • Cute little cottage. Informative. In the beautiful fitzroy gardens.

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The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
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