Eltham Mudbrick Tour

Join us for a few hours in a once-a-year opportunity viewing classic Mudbrick houses.

The Eltham Mudbrick Tour showcases unique mudbrick houses. You will 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 and sustainable housing movement.

The Tour maintains a 50+ year annual tradition pioneered by legendary mudbrick house architect and builder Alistair Knox. It is run by Eltham High School community volunteers to support the school’s renowned instrumental music program, with Nillumbik Shire Council as major sponsor.

Check back with us for details on next year’s Eltham Mudbrick Tour tour and follow us on Facebook.

Quotes from some of our 2019 Tour patrons:

“Lovely day out and very well organised. Loved the shuttle bus and friendly drivers. Gorgeous houses and tea and cake was a highlight. Also enjoyed the wine tasting and cheese tasting after the tour.”

“Relaxed, friendly experience being inspired by the work people have done to create their homes with a sustainable, creative approach.”

“I thought the volunteers did such a fantastic job. It was a nice day out in my local area.”

“Loved being driven and not having to follow a map.”

“Enjoyed speaking with the owners, learning about the history of the homes.”

“The John Pizzey designed house was a stunning home that shows how great mudbrick homes can actually be!”

“This is always a well organized event with lovely people, a worthy cause to raise funds for and an interesting part of our community.”

2020 Mudbrick Tour

We have started planning the 2020 Mudbrick Tour, and expect to be able to confirm details by around Easter.

Please check back then. For advance notice of ticket sales, join our mailing list.

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2019 Eltham Mudbrick Tour Report

2019 was our 10th Year of hosting the Eltham Mudbrick Tour and we celebrated by moving the locality to the St Andrews area, well known for its weekly artistic community market at the foot of the Kinglake range and tranquil bush scenery.

The tour kicked off at the St Andrews Community Market Hall, where Earth Architects provided fun demonstrations and lessons in the art of mud-brick making to many of our Tour patrons, old and young.

Tour patrons then watched the Eltham High School senior ensemble musicians perform their exquisite pieces in the St Andrews Hall, before joining one of our shuttle buses that whisked them between the houses on this year’s tour.

These included homes that had featured on long-past Mudbrick Tours, a two storey heritage listed mud-brick home, a John Pizzey designed off-the-grid mud-brick home, a Tuscany themed home that started life as a log cabin kit home, a two storey Alistair Knox mud-brick house that survived the 2009 bush-fires, a recently built mud-brick home designed to new bushfire regulations, and a modern attic apartment in central St Andrews, part of the new mud-brick building commercial hub.

Tour patrons then enjoyed a fitting end to the day with wine and cheese tastings, entertained all the while by Eltham High School alumni Jazz musicians the Scot van Gemert Jazz Quartet and the FiveFour Jazz Quartet.

A heartfelt huge thank you to this years Tour patrons, to our sponsors, volunteers and most of all, to the homeowners past and present who make the Eltham Mudbrick Tour possible.

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Spring Outdoors Program 2019

A regional program of environmental events and activities brought to you by Banyule City Council, Manningham Council and Nillumbik Shire Council.

As the weather begins to warm, it’s time to get outdoors into the environment and connect with nature.

Banyule, Manningham and Nillumbik Councils have brought together an array of events to encourage residents outside into the warmer Spring weather. Bookings are essential for most events so get in early to avoid disappointment. If you are unable to attend, let the booking contact know as there are often waiting lists.

Download the program (PDF) for further information or check out the website.

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 Eltham High School as key supporters of the 2019 tour.

We would like to thank our Platinum sponsor the Nillumbik Mudbrick Association and Gold sponsor Morrison Kleeman and all of our Silver and Bronze sponsors for providing their valuable support and contributions to the event, and Montsalvat for previous Tours. Please give them your support.

Please contact us to learn more about how you can become one of the 2019 Eltham Mudbrick Tour supporters.

Platinum Sponsor

Nillumbik Mudbrick Association

Gold Sponsors

Morrison Kleeman Estate Agents

Michael R Young

Silver Sponsors

DB Architects

DB Architects-a boutique Melbourne-based practice

Kir Architecture

Lume Architecture

Punch Wines

RBA

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