The Eltham Mudbrick Tour gives Victorians a rare chance to visit five unique and beautiful mud brick homes. This annual community event takes place on Sunday 23 October, starting at Eltham’s historic artistic hub Montsalvat.
The Tour has a long history, beginning in 1964 under the direction of legendary Mudbrick house architect and pioneer Alistair Knox.
Mudbrick houses are naturally sustainable, making use of low energy natural material and recycled timber, blue stone, bricks and metals.
The houses are often built into the natural contours of native bush land, and have distinctive architectural and artistic features.
Today there are over 1,300 Mudbrick houses in the Shire of Nillumbik, allowing a different selection of houses to be showcased on the tour each year.
The tour is an opportunity to visit these iconic homes (and gardens) and learn more about Nillumbik’s earth building heritage and the importance of Eltham builders, designers and architects in the development of the Australian alternative housing movement.
The tour is open from 10 am to 4 pm, with a regular shuttle bus service between the houses departing from Montsalvat (7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham).
Nillumbik Shire Council and the Montsalvat Trust are major supporters of the Tour, which is now run by Eltham High School’s ‘Friends of Music’.
Ensemble musicians from the Eltham High School Music Program will be performing in The Barn Gallery at Montsalvat between 10 am -12 pm.
This event is run independently of Eltham District Historical Society. The Society is happy to promote the event to its members given the significance of these mudbrick buildings to the fabric of Eltham District.