Living Museum of the West, Maribyrnong
The lovely old bluestone buildings on the edge of the Maribyrnong River were once a busy industrial site. Now home to the Living Museum of the West and its exhibition space, they're a great place to explore on Fridays and once-a-month Sunday.
The Museum is filled with photographs of the site in its heyday, when Australia's food production was plentiful and we were exporting to countries such as Britain and France.
According to the sign, this factory was at one time, the largest meat preserving plant in the world.
The Meat Trail takes you past each building, with information signs dotted along the way.
Many migrant workers were employed here from the factory's beginnings in 1868 to its closure in 1886.
The buildings have been renovated over the years to create a unique exhibition space and function venue.
Outside, the grounds are just as interesting, with native plants and succulents creating a wonderful palette of brightly coloured flowers and lush greenery against the backdrop of faded grey walls and orange bricks.My favourite place was this stairway...to nowhere in particular...
Where: Van Ness Ave, Maribyrnong
When: Friday, Sunday
How Much: donation
Nearby: Pipemakers Park