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Welcome to Beleura

Beleura offers something for everyone interested in history, art, gardens and music.

Beleura is a state-listed 19th Century heritage house set amidst five hectares of gardens and includes a music recital centre. The House is exceptional for its collection and includes the original furnishings of its last owner John Tallis.

Visitors to Beleura must pre book a tour or concert. Visitors cannot arrive without booking.

Just Visiting Exhibition

Our costume exhibition “Just Visiting” celebrates the Bayside Style of Beleura guests with fashions from 1920 to 1980 to the soundtrack of a social whirl.

Enjoy a Morning Tea including a tour of the House or Garden and exhibition. Why not come for the whole day including lunch and tour both the House and the Garden.

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Exhibition finishes 28 February.

Beleura Verandah

The Beleura Story

Let me tell you a little about Beleura, a theatre of the past…

Beleura was built on the Mornington Peninsula in 1863 by Scottish immigrant and successful merchant James Butchart. Today Beleura and its splendid grounds, interiors and archival material reflect the life and legacy of the Tallis family.

Composer John Tallis lived here for 48 years and bequeathed Beleura to the people of Victoria. Beleura retains echoes of his late father, Sir George Tallis, the well-known theatre entrepreneur and Chairman of international entertainment company JC Williamson Ltd.

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The House & Gardens

Over its 160 year history Beleura has been a farm, a family home, a school, a Governor’s residence and survived a developer’s subdivision.  Sir George Tallis, Chairman of JC Williamson Ltd. purchased it for his family holiday home in 1916 and the house reflects the story of the Tallis family and composer John Tallis. More…

The Gardens have had a succession of designers and influences from Latrobe Bateman in the 1860s to Edna Walling and Desbroe Annear. They include original trees from 1863 as well as an Italian garden, an Asian garden and pavilion with a waterlily pond, a Temple of Ceres, a Floral Pavilion and a Hansel & Gretel garden. More…

Music at Beleura

Beleura hosts intimate concerts, from classical music to light opera and jazz, performed by some of Australia’s foremost musicians.

Our music curators are concert pianist and Head of Piano at ANAM Timothy Young, jazz pianist, composer, writer and critic Tony Gould and cellist and educator Richard Vaudrey.

Book tickets online to our concerts and view individual performers here.

Download our whole year's program here.

Beleura’s Collections

Beleura includes an original collection belonging to the house reflecting the taste and interests of its successive owners. Countless homewares and household items in situ reveal how people lived in the past. These include a collection of automobiles, a commissioned piano by Stuart & Sons that pushes the boundaries of acoustic piano technology and the Klytie Pate Treasury containing Australia’s largest collection of ceramic work by 20th ceramicist Klytie Pate.

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Visit Beleura

Enjoy your time at Beleura with a tour of the House & Garden. All our tours include refreshments with morning or afternoon tea. Our full-day visitors also enjoy lunch.

Please note that all visitors must come on a pre booked tour. Unfortunately, we are not open for casual visitors who arrive without a booking. Visit our Tours page for more information.

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Behind the Scenes

Meet our guides, staff and gardeners in our Behind the Scenes video series as well as current news.

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