Walks Talks and Tours - Lilydale Historical Society


Walks, Talks & Tours

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Driving Melba’s Yarra Valley

Lilydale’s most famous resident Dame Nellie Melba is the focus of Lilydale & surrounding area.

One of our guides can hop on your bus or join you in your own cars on this tour.

Places stopped at include:

The Athenaeum Theatre was the scene of many triumphant Melba concerts.
Former Shire of Lillydale Council offices now Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.
Melba Park was named in Melba’s honour.
Lilydale Main Street the scene of Melba’s triumphant return to Lilydale in 1902.
Cave Hill Quarry, established by Melba’s father David Mitchell in the 1870’s, led to Melba’s lifelong love of the Yarra Valley.
Coombe Cottage, often referred to as the home behind the hedge was Melba’s country home.
Coombe Farm Vineyard formerly Coombe Farm was purchased by Melba in 1912 and taste some of its magnificent wine.
Lilydale Cemetery is Melba’s final resting place and that of her father, mother and some siblings.

This is an ideal tour for car clubs.

All tours start and finish at the Old Lilydale Court House, 61 Castella Street, Lilydale

The cost is $5 per person and includes morning or afternoon tea and a tour book.

Please note we will not be going into Coombe Cottage.

Cemetery Tours

The society has several cemetery tours

  • Tour One visits the graves of early families, characters and artists.
  • Tour Two traces the lives of farming families and the Sisters of Mercy.
  • Tour Three focuses on the early pioneering families of the district.
  • Melba and Amazing Other Women
  • Melba and Her Mates tour visits the graves of people with a close association with Melba.
  • Melba and Her Family focuses on family members also buried at Lilydale Cemetery.
  • Lilydale’s Military History traces the lives of several local men who fought in World War 1.
  • The tour is 1¼ to 1½ hours or a length of time to suit you.
  • Each walk is led by an experienced guide from the Lilydale & District Historical Society.

During summer our Twilight Tours begin at 7pm.

Throughout the year, we organise tours on selected Sunday afternoons. We cater for groups wishing to organise their own tour.

All tours start at the main entrance of Lilydale cemetery, the corner of Nelson and Victoria roads, Lilydale.

We recommend 10 to 15 people per tour.

The cost is $15 per person and includes a booklet. For an additional gold coin donation, enjoy morning or afternoon tea.



To help us raise funds, our society members are regularly asked to give talks to various social and community organisations. These talks include Dame Nellie Melba (several talks), her father David Mitchell and the story of Lilydale.

These talks can also be given at our home, the Old Lilydale Court House at 66 Castella Street, Lilydale.

Please note: There is a cost for each.

Contact us for more details.

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