Places to Visit

The values of Melbourne as a City of Literature stretch right across the state of Victoria. There is an abundance of noteworthy places to visit in the inner and outer suburbs, as well as our regional areas. For instance:

  • A trip to Montsalvat in Eltham will take you to the famed artists’ colony founded in the 1930s.
  • Take a trip out to Woodend and take in the majestic sight of Hanging Rock, made famous by Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock.
  • Daylesford has a number of high-quality second-hand bookstores and was the setting of David Sedaris’s New Yorker essay ‘Laugh, Kookaburra’.
  • Spread over almost seven hectares right by the Yarra River at Collingwood, Abbotsford Convent is a thriving artistic community of artist and writing studios, eateries, galleries and more.
  • Heide Museum of Modern Art at Bulleen occupies the site bought and established by John and Sunday Reed which became a favoured place for artists, writers and intellectuals to gather.
  • Clunes, famous for its Clunes Booktown Festival.
  • Castlemaine is the home to the Castlemaine Children’s Literature Festival.
  • Newstead, known for the Newstead Short Story Tattoo.

Discover the unexpected, interesting and unconventional by exploring our city’s unique and diverse shopping, dining, events, sports, live music, markets and more.

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Looped: artist books in the round

4 August 2017 to 26 November 2017
State Library Victoria
Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

In this unique installation from artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison,...


11 August 2017 to 12 November 2017
State Library Victoria

This bold exhibition delves into the evolution of do-it-yourself culture,...