Eltham Mudbrick Tour

Join us for a few hours 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.

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2018 Mudbrick Tour

Sorry, tickets for the 2018 Mudbrick Tour are now sold out.

Quotes from some of our 2017 Tour patrons:

“Incredibly well organized day, thanks to all the volunteers from Eltham High School”

“Myself and my teenage boys had a great tour. Thank you to all the volunteers for all their efforts with bus driving, food and homeowners for opening up their inspiring homes.”

“The houses were beautiful. The people everywhere, friendly, transport fantastic and all so well organized.”

“The best parts of the day? The interesting snippets of information gained from home owners, ‘guides’ and other visitors. Being able to see a build in action. Learning about the homes from the booklet, which is really informative, thank you.”

“It is always a lovely friendly community day with like minded people. The homes are always interesting to see & speaking with the owners and hearing about the history of the homes is very enjoyable.”

“Thank you again to all event organisers and home owners for so generously letting us all traipse through their homes. We will certainly consider doing another tour in future.”

The Practically Green Festival, 14th October 2018

Practically Green Festival, Sunday 14th October 2018.

The Practically Green Festival is a free event which celebrates sustainable living and all things green.

See exhibits on innovative sustainable practices, purchase products at market stalls and enjoy the great activities and entertainment for the whole family in the beautiful surrounds of Edendale Community Farm.

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About the Eltham Mudbrick Tour 2018

This year’s Tour features houses designed, built, extended, or renovated between 1973 and 2018 by both mudbrick house professionals including Alistair Knox, John Pizzi and Mark Sinclair, and owner builders including artists, a doctor and a local postman. All of the home owners have artistic interests, from professional potters and artists to passionate leadlighters, mosaic artists, and musicians. Natural bush gardens include the work of local native landscaper Sam Cox and green-fingered owners, that also feature many fun and beautiful artworks, sculptures and outbuildings.

The Tour will run from 10 am until 4 pm, starting at Eltham’s historic artistic hub Montsalvat (7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham) with free car parking subject to availability. A frequent shuttle bus service will take Tourists from Montsalvat to each house in a continuous loop, so you don’t have to drive yourself, and can set your own time in each house.  The full Tour should take around 3-4 hours.

We will be running a refreshments stall at one house again, as it’s hungry and thirsty work looking at all of the fabulous houses!


Eltham High School Music Program Performance

Ensemble musicians from the Eltham High School Music Program will be performing in The Barn Gallery at Monsalvat between 10 am -12 pm on the Tour day, please make time to appreciate their musicianship.

Future Mudbrick Tours

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.

Our Sponsors

We very gratefully acknowledge our major sponsor Nillumbik Shire Council and Montsalvat Trust as key supporters of the tour, and our 2018 gold sponsors: Morrison Kleeman and the Nillumbik Mudbrick Association.

We would like to thank our 2018 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

Nillumbik Mudbrick Association

Morrison Kleeman Real Estate

Silver Sponsors

DB Architects

DB Architects-a boutique Melbourne-based practice

Eltham Home Timber and Hardware


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