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.
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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.
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 mudbrick home, that was last on the Tour 30 years ago, a John Pizzi designed off-the-grid mudbrick home, a two storey Alistair Knox mudbrick house that survived the 2009 bushfires, a recently built mudbrick home designed to new bushfire regulations, and a modern attic apartment. The tour will finish at the recently built mudbrick 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.
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.
Eagle Hire | 03 9439 7849
- Soaring higher than the rest
Kir Architecture | 0426 188 744
- Creating bespoke masterpieces that you'll love.
Melbourne House Plans | 0430 218 006
- Engineering and Drafting in mudbrick, straw bale and rammed earth.
Pick Of The Bunch Floristry | 0467 186 839
- Servicing weddings and events, large and small.
Plancost | 03 9437 2777
- Quantity surveyors, cost engineers, construction cost planners.
Rinet IT | 0427 057 260
- Affordable effective websites for business and non profit orgs. Specialising in membership sites.
The Cheese Rebels | 0400853538
- St Andrews Cheese Room
Walkers Wheels – The Monty Bike Shop | (03) 9432 2113
- Selling you the right bicycle to help you love cycling.
We would like to thank our loyal and committed event partners for their efforts in making this year’s tour happen: