Eltham Mudbrick Tour

Join us for an hour or the whole day viewing classic Eltham Mudbrick houses.

The Eltham Mudbrick Tour showcases a range of mudbrick houses. It is a once-a-year opportunity for you to discover more than half a century’s worth of experimentation, design and construction – and the importance of Nillumbik Shire’s earth building heritage in the Australian alternative housing movement.

The Tour maintains an over 50-year tradition pioneered by Alistair Knox. It is run by Eltham High School community volunteers to support the school’s renowned music program.

Check back with us for more details on the houses that will be open to the public this year and follow us on Facebook.

2018 Tour Date

To be declared. Expected to be late October 2018.

2018 Mudbrick Tour

We will start planning for next year’s Tour in the New Year. The date is likely to be late October. If you have a Mudbrick house in Nillumbik and are interested in taking part in a future Mudbrick Tour, please let us know via our Facebook page or the contact page and we will get in touch.

Please check back with us for more details on the houses that will be open to the public in 2018 and follow us on Facebook.

Eltham Mudbrick Tour 2017

The 2017 Tour featured five younger mudbrick houses on Harcourt Hill in Eltham, otherwise known as ‘the Hill’. Many thanks to the 300+ tourists who made the 2017 Eltham Mudbrick tour event such a success.  We are aware that our minibus service had some unanticipated problems with picking up attendees at the mudbrick laying demonstration house and we apologise sincerely to those who had unacceptably long waits.

A special thank you to the past and present home owners who open their houses to us, without whom the Mudbrick Tour could not exist, and all our sponsors.  Thanks also to our community that supports the Tour through event promotion and advocacy, and to the many dedicated Eltham High School Friends of Music volunteers, parents, teachers and students who gave their time run the tour.

A link to a short anonymous survey has been emailed to those who booked tickets via Trybooking. Thanks to those who have already completed it. We value all feedback and will take on-board ideas to improve future tours.

We hope to see you again next year!

Our Sponsors

We very gratefully acknowledge our major sponsor Nillumbik Shire Council and Montsalvat Trust as key supporters of the tour, and our 2017 gold sponsors: ADMA Group, Morrison Kleeman and the Nillumbik Mudbrick Association.

We would like to thank our 2017 silver and bronze sponsors for providing their valuable support and contributions to this year’s event… those who continue to support the tour and those who have jumped on board !

Please give them support as they support us.

Gold Sponsors

ADMA Group

Nillumbik Mudbrick Association

Morrison Kleeman Real Estate

Silver Sponsors

DB Architects

DB Architects-a boutique Melbourne-based practice

Eltham Home Timber and Hardware


Golden Cypress

Grimes and Sons

Lume Architecture

Michael R Young



Urban Salvage

Urban Salvage-Recycle timbers salvaged from the urban landscape.

Bronze Sponsors

Event Partners

We would like to thank our loyal and committed event partners for their efforts in making this year’s tour happen:

Eltham High School