Heidelberg School Artists Trail
Discover the natural beauty and cultural diversity of Melbourne’s north-east region through the eyes of Australia’s first significant art movement, the Heidelberg School.
This outstanding 40km trail meanders through the municipalities of Banyule, Nillumbik and Manningham through to the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges set against a range of settings from storybook villages and busy high streets to peaceful river valleys and a spectacular mountain ash forest.
This is a free-of-charge, self-drive, cycling, walking trail and is ideal for all visitors including school groups who have an interest in the arts and the natural environment.
The 57 explanatory signs are situated in a diverse range of outdoor settings from busy suburban streets and river valleys to towering Mountain Ash forests. The signs show you a reproduction and description of some of the most famous paintings of important artists such as Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, located in or near where the artists painted or lived.
The Artisan Hills, of which the townships of Eltham, Diamond Creek and Research are a part, has long been known as a centre of creative activity. The artists featured on this part of the trail include Clara Southern, Walter Withers, Jane Price and May Vale.
The region's artistic heritage lives on in the architecture and sculpture that you can see today throughout the area. Artists’ studios, galleries, cafes and wineries, and art in public spaces provide you with a multitude of opportunities to enjoy this living heritage.
In The Artisan Hills, the trail passes through Eltham, Diamond Creek and Research.
In Eltham, head to Wingrove Park, 645 Main Road, to see the area where Walter Withers painted ‘Landscape with Sheep’ and ‘The Silent Gums’, 1909.
Then head to the southern side of Alistair Knox Park, 829 Main Road, to see more of the landscape that inspired Walter Withers ‘Country Road’ circa 1989, ‘Spring’, circa1910 and ‘On the Eltham Road’, 1906.
‘The Drover’, 1912 can be viewed in the shopping precinct on Main Road between Arthur and Pryor Streets.
In Diamond Creek, head to the walking trail along the creek at Rotary Park, 2 Diamond Street, to see the area which May Vale painted ‘The Orchard’, circa 1904 and Jane Price painted ‘Moonrise’.
In Research, head to the walking trail on the north side of Main Road between Englewood Place and Ingrams Road to see where Clara Southern drew her inspitation for ‘An Old Bee Farm’, circa 1900, ‘A Country Wash-House’, circa 1905, ‘Audrey and Chickapick’, 1911 and ‘The Artist’s Home’, circa 1909.