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Local attractions and activities

There is so much to do in the City of Whittlesea, whether you're a local or just visiting.

Discover every part of the City of Whittlesea

To find out accommodation and dining options, local attractions, markets and where to buy delicious fresh produce, visit our Explore Whittlesea website.

Whittlesea Visitor Information Centre

Get driving directions, local maps, event information and transport timetables from the Whittlesea Information Centre, located at the historical old Whittlesea Courthouse.

The centre is operated by a dedicated team of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers.

Corner Beech and Church Streets
P: 9716 1866
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am - 5pm

Ziebell's Farmhouse and Gardens

Ziebell’s Farmhouse Museum & Heritage Garden is a unique attraction located in Thomastown’s Westgarthtown Pioneer Precinct – a hidden gem amongst modern homes. Originally owned by Christian and Sophia Ziebell, the farmhouse was built during the 1850s by the Ziebell family using local bluestone and typical German design. Surrounded by a barn, smoke house, bathhouse and beautifully maintained cottage garden the museum tells a fascinating story of the journey German and Wendish families made to Australia to establish dairy farms north of Melbourne.

Visitors are transported to a time when Thomastown was known as Westgarthown, Edgars Creek ran through open pasture and immigration was by tall ship. The neighbouring Reserve, Lutheran Church and historic Cemetery create further interest for tourists and locals alike.

Ziebell’s Farmhouse Museum & Heritage Garden Open Hours

11am – 3pm Tuesday and Sunday. Entry by donation. Guided tours available.


100 Gardenia Road, Thomastown – Enter from Ainwick Crescent or the Westgarthtown Pioneer Precinct

About 20 minutes walk from Thomastown and Lalor Train Station.

Melways Ref: Map 8H5


Email and\

Telephone 8401 6236 or 9464 5062

More information & Friends of Westgarthtown

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