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

The event is fully ticketed, with tickets becoming available in mid-August via Try Booking. Ticket numbers are limited and have sold out prior to the event in the past three years. You can get priority notice of ticket availability by joining our mailing list and by following us on Facebook.

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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 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.

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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 and Eltham High School as key supporters of the 2018 tour.

We would like to thank our 2018 gold sponsors, Morrison Kleeman and the Nillumbik Mudbrick Association, and all of our Silver and Bronze sponsors for providing their valuable support and contributions to the event. Please give you’re your support as they have supported us.

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

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

FIRCZAK

Lume Architecture

Michael R Young

Plancost

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