Eltham Mudbrick Tour

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

The Eltham Mudbrick Tour showcases five 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.

A heartfelt huge thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and most of all, the homeowners who make the Tour possible.

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

Quotes from some of our 2018 Tour patrons:

The beautiful settings and gardens of some of the houses were just Wonderful. The people at the houses were extremely friendly and welcoming.

House #1 was amazing, loved all the pottery and ceramics. Interesting to see other people’s mud brick homes

Enjoyed the beauty of each home and great flow of buses – thanks to all the volunteers and homeowners!!

Loved seeing inside the houses and collections. Inspirational!

Enjoyed the friendliness of owners. Beautiful time of year where gardens were at their best.

I love mudbrick houses.

Tickets are now Sold Out

2019 Mudbrick Tour

Sorry, tickets for the 2019 Mudbrick Tour are now sold out and no tickets will be available on the day.

We apologise for any disappointment if you have missed out this year, but we will hopefully see you next year.

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About the Eltham Mudbrick Tour 2019

We are really excited to move the locality of the Eltham Mudbrick Tour to St Andrews in this, our 10th Year of hosting the Mudbrick Tour.

The tour will commence at the St Andrews Market Hall, which has ample off road parking. We provide a free shuttle bus service manned by our volunteers to take you between the houses at your own pace, just catch the next shuttle bus to the next house! You will have an opportunity to watch Eltham High School musicians performing in the St Andrews Hall prior to embarking on the shuttle bus.

This year’s tour includes a two storey heritage listed mud-brick home, that was last on the Tour 30 years ago, a John Pizzey designed off-the-grid mud brick home, a two storey Alistair Knox mud-brick house that survived the 2009 bush fires, a recently built mud-brick home designed to new bush fire regulations, and a modern attic apartment. The tour will finish at the recently built mud-brick business cluster at Scott Street in St Andrews, enabling you to visit the local baker (with his 1850 vintage oven), Punch wine room, a boutique cheese maker, the café and pub.

The Tour also coincides with the bi-annual Nillumbik Open Cellars that features many wineries across Nillumbik Shire.

Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and most of all the homeowners for making the Tour possible.


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


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