The Heidelberg School Artists Trail is a free-of-charge, self-drive, cycling, walking Trail extending for 40 kms in Melbourne's north- east. It features 57 explanatory signs showing 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 signs are situated in a diverse range of outdoor settings: from busy suburban streets, and river valleys to towering Mountain Ash forests. The Trail and is ideal for all visitors including school groups who have an interest in the arts and the natural environment.
The Heidelberg School Artists Trail was made possible through the cooperative efforts of Banyule City Council, Parks Victoria, Manningham City Council, Nillumbik Shire Council and the Shire of Yarra Ranges Council
The Heidelberg School originated in July 1891, when art critic, Sidney Dickinson wrote a review of the exhibitions of works by Walter Withers and Arthur Streeton.
Since that time, the Heidelberg School has taken on a wider meaning and covers Australian artists of the late nineteenth century who painted plein-air in the impressionist tradition. These artists were inspired by the beautiful landscapes of the Yarra River and the unique light that typifies the Australian bush.
The greatest concentration of signs along the trail is in the Heidelberg area and in the neighbouring suburbs of Eaglemont and Ivanhoe. There are 20 signs in this area alone and it offers great opportunities for interesting walks through magnificent parklands and heritage residential streets with stately homes.
Click here for information on how to get to the Heidelberg School Artists Trail.