Welcome to Beleura

Beleura offers something for anyone 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.

At Beleura everyone is welcomed, musicians are encouraged and vignettes of the past offer an insight into the lives of previous generations.

Beleura House & Garden is not open for general admission, to make a booking please visit our Tours page…


Beleura is currently closed under new restrictions 

As a result of the recent restrictions and lockdown there have been some changes to our scheduled tours and concerts. 

We are taking bookings for future tours and concerts. Use our online service on this website or contact our office between Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15 June. 

Please look at this website for the latest updates. 

The wearing of masks inside except when consuming food or drink is a Victorian government requirement. 

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.


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.

In partnership for four years, the Australian National Academy of Music presents performances by current outstanding musicians and Academy alumni in a Beleura concert series throughout the year.

In 2021, Beleura is thrilled to announce Dale Barltop, Concertmaster for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as programmer of our classical concert series.



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. 


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.


Behind the Scenes

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


Download or view our 2021 Music Program here…

Beleura House & Garden
PO Box 1198
Mornington Victoria 3931

(03) 5975 2027


Tuesday - Friday
9am - 4pm

Beleura House & Garden is an associated property with the National Trust