Artist Trail

How To Get There

Melway Reference
Map 32 C6


Hurstbridge Line-Heidelberg Station (direct route)
or Eaglemont Station (scenic route)

Parking Available

Yarra Flats Park, Banksia Park, Heidelberg Park, Warringal Park, Eaglemont Tennis Club, Plymouth Street or Somerset Drive.

For more information contact

Banyule City Council on 9490 4222
Parks Victoria 13 19 63

The Heidelberg School was the first significant art movement in Australia. The name originated in July 1891, when art critic Sidney Dickinson wrote a review of the exhibitions of works by Walter Withers and Arthur Streeton. Dickinson noted that these artists whose works were mostly painted in the Heidelberg area could be considered as ‘The Heidelberg School’. Since that time The Heidelberg School has taken on a wider meaning and covers Australian artists of the late nineteenth Century who followed plein-air painting at one of the many artist camp sites. In the late 1880’s and 1890’s, Heidelberg and Eaglemont were sites of great significance, and this historic art trail recognizes twelve of the works painted in this vicinity.

The trail comprises a series of 12 colour signs featuring paintings from six artists of The Heidelberg School. The signs have been erected along the Yarra River and allow visitors to experience how artists of the era interpreted the landscape.

The Heidelberg School Artists Trail was officially launched on 11th April 1997 by the Hon. Marie Tehan MP, Minister for Conservation and Land Management and Don McLean, Mayor, Banyule City Council. This trail is the result of a joint project between Banyule City Council, Manningham City Council, Parks Victoria, Heidelberg Rotary and the Plenty Yarra Community Tourism Association (PYCTA).



The Heidelberg Central Traders, with support from the Banyule City Council funded the beautification and upgrade of our pedestrian walkway from Burgundy Street to the Cartmell Street Car Park. (Between Cape & Hawdon Streets, Heidelberg)

This walkway had its footpath resurfaced in bluestone and exfoliated granite, historic decorative security light poles installed, two garden beds with creeper frames and uplights, and a wonderful mural added to the west wall depicting artworks done by the Heidelberg School of artists – presented by experienced mural artist Tony Sowersby and his collegues.

We thank everyone for their incredible efforts, from the design staff, pavement contractors, electricians, gardeners, project managers and artists and invite all to come and see what a wonderful place this new walkway is.

Increased security lighting at night is to encourage more pedestrian movement through the walkway from the car park in the evenings.

I would like to give special praise to Ms Aldona Stopa from Banyule City Council for her insight, passion and attention to detail that created this smooth and visually appealling unique project.

Oh What a Wonderful Day it Was!

History was re-enacted on Sunday, May 23, 2004 when 30 pre 1904 vehicles climbed Burgundy Street again as they had done previously on May 8, 1904.
10,000 people came to watch this ‘once in a lifetime’ event and enjoy the car displays spread throughout our streets.
If you were there, or were not, you can relive the day by purchasing a video/dvd of the days events.
Contact Kim Gibb on mobile: 0408 561 093.

The video/dvd is in full colour with informative commentary on the fabulous old cars.
Cost is $30. All profits will be donated to the Austin/Mercy Hospitals.