Schwerkolt Cottage

Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex is open to visitors from 2pm to 5pm every Saturday and Sunday and most public holidays.

Holiday hours

Over this holiday period, Schwerkolt Cottage will be open on the following days from 2pm to 5pm then again every Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

  • Sunday 26 December 2021
  • Monday 27 December 2021
  • Tuesday 28 December 2021
  • Saturday 1 January 2022
  • Monday 2 January 2022
  • Tuesday 3 January 2022


Schwerkolt Cottage is a historic museum complex surrounded by 2.25 hectares of bushland. Established in 1884, the historical buildings, walking tracks, cottage garden, barbecue area and family playground are the perfect place to explore early Colonial history in Whitehorse.

We have taken measures to ensure a COVID safe environment for all visitors, including QR code check-in, hand sanitiser and safety screens.

The cottage adjoins the Yarran Dheran bushland park in the heart of Mitcham and is open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day).

You can find out more about local history in Whitehorse at the annual Heritage Week events held in September. You can also keep up to date by following us on Facebook.

Address: Deep Creek Road, Mitcham
Opening Hours: 2pm to 5pm, Weekends and Public Holidays (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day)
View Schwerkolt site map ( PDF 934.98KB)


The gardens surrounding Schwerkolt Cottage can be used by members of the public for events or wedding photos (restrictions apply).

Please be aware that the site is a Council-owned open space and cannot be booked for exclusive use. If a group tour has been booked during the week, the facilities and grounds will not be available.

For more information contact the Heritage Programs Officer on 9262 6478 during business hours (Monday – Wednesday).

Photography & Filming

Commercial photography and filming on the Schwerkolt heritage site requires a permit from Council. For information on how to apply for a permit and what fees may apply, visit the Filming Application page.

Private photography including staged photography or portraiture does not require a permit but cannot be taken between 1.30pm and 5.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. Happy snaps are welcome.

Please note that if a group tour or function is operating the grounds and facilities will not be available for photography or filming.

Discover Whitehorse Heritage and Artists' Trails

Explore the rich culture and heritage of Whitehorse in an interactive map showcasing our artistic heritage and local history including the iconic Schwerkolt Cottage. 

Opening Hours

2pm - 5pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
(except Good Friday and Christmas Day)

Free entry