Schwerkolt Cottage

Schwerkolt Cottage & Museum Complex is temporarily closed.

Council is following the Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer under the Victorian State of Disaster and State of Emergency. The health and wellbeing of our community is our highest priority.

Under the Stage 4 restrictions Schwerkolt Cottage & Museum Complex will be closed until further notice. This website will be updated in the event of any changes.

It is still important that we stay at home, except for the four reasons:

  • Shopping for essentials – but now only one person, once per day, within 5km from home
  • Exercise – within 5km from home, one hour per day, maximum 2 people including members of the same household. 
  • Care giving or receiving medical care
  • Work or study, if you cannot do it from home

Further information about the restrictions can be found on the DHHS website

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.

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).

Schwerkolt hosts the annual Heritage Family Day as part of Heritage Week. Find out more about the 2019 Heritage Week held from 12 to 19 September 2019.

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)

Events

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 (personal use only) does not require a permit but cannot be taken between 1.30pm and 5.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

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

Opening Hours

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

Free entry