Incinerator History Tours

Free — Tickets essential

11 am to 12 noon

Sun 11 Feb | Thu 14 Mar | Sat 20 Apr | Sun 26 May | Thu 20 Jun | Sat 20 Jul | Sat 17 Aug| Thu 26 Sep | Sun 27 Oct | Sun 17 Nov

Community Groups welcome, bookings by appointment

Urban history on your doorstep

Discover the captivating history of the Essendon incinerator on our monthly volunteer-led history tour.

Strategically located near parkland and residences, this iconic structure emerged in 1929, revolutionising waste disposal was designed by the offices of visionary architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

Join us as our knowledgeable guides unveil the ‘Destructor’s’ transformative journey, from waste disposal facility to council depot, to a performing arts venue and now Incinerator Gallery. Immerse yourself in the essence of Griffin’s design ethos and explore a bygone era where sanitation and aesthetics converged. Don’t miss the chance to delve into this historic gem’s narrative on our engaging monthly tours.

History Tours are presented at Incinerator Gallery and run from 11 am to 12 noon.

Please note: We will do our best to keep to schedule but dates may change with limited notice – only people with a ticket will be notified of any changes to this program.


Community Group Tours

To request a community group booking for your members, contact us with your preferred dates, and we’ll arrange a free bespoke tour for your community group. or call 03 9243 1750

Community Group Tours are delivered in English and may be available in Greek or other languages.

Schools interested in curriculum focused tours please click here.

Self-guided Tours

Within the Boadle Hall building beside the incinerators, the free historical display vividly narrates the captivating story of the space, tracing its evolution from a waste dump named ‘The Rattery’ to an innovative waste disposal facility and, ultimately, a preserved architectural gem. This showcase highlights its remarkable journey, transforming from a mere waste management site into a distinguished historical and cultural landmark.