When it comes to Melbourne’s artistic history there is nowhere more important than Heide. John and Sunday Reed moved to the property in 1934 and began inviting to stay the likes of Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and John Perceval, who would go on to become some of Australia’s finest artists. These days the original timber cabin and modernist abode the Reeds built in the 1960s have been turned into galleries. A third contemporary building has been added to display the outstanding collection. Spend some time in the vast gardens, where the kids will love the cow sculptures.
Bulleen is a quiet, green suburb surrounded by Yarra Valley Parklands. About 15km north-west of the CBD it is most easily accessed by car. If you’d rather use public transport, catch a train to Heidelberg Station then the 903 bus (Heide is around 2.5km from the station). Keen cyclists could also ride along the Main Yarra Trail, which starts around Southbank and winds all the way up to Westerfolds Park.
Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen | +61 3 9850 1500