About the Incinerator Gallery


The Incinerator Gallery is the heart of visual arts in Moonee Valley, offering a vibrant and diverse range of arts in the industrial spaces of the iconic Essendon Incinerator.

Opening Hours

The Incinerator Gallery is open during exhibitions 11am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday, except public holidays.

Please check the current exhibition schedule.

Entry to the Incinerator Gallery is free.

Contact details

Address: 180 Holmes Road, Aberfeldie

Phone: 03 8325 1750

Email: incinerator@mvcc.vic.gov.au

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Look at our current exhibition schedule.

Getting here

The Incinerator Gallery is located just a moments walk from the stunning Maribyrnong River in Aberfeldie. 

There is free parking available and plenty of options if you are planning on travelling to the Gallery via public transport.

Train: Closest station is Moonee Ponds on the Craigieburn Line. Then catch the 467 bus or take a 15 minute walk west on Holmes Road toward the river.
Closest tram stop is Stop 41 near Maribyrnong Park on the 57 and 82 tram routes. Then a 10 minute walk north along the Maribyrnong River to Holmes Road.
Closest bus stop is at the corner of Holmes Rd and Waverley St, Moonee Ponds. Disembark bus routes 467 or 468 then walk west for 5 minutes to the Gallery.

Plan your visit on public transport.

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Food and drink

The Incinerator Gallery does not have any onsite food or drink but you can make a day
of your trip by visiting one of the nearby restaurants or cafes.

The Boathouse Restaurant

Modern Australian cuisine from MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan right on the banks of
the Maribyrnong River. Find out more.

The Boulevard Café at Poyntons Nursery

An extensive seasonal à la carte menu with fine wines and a great riverside view,
located in the heart of the beautiful Poyntons Nursery. Find out more.

Union Road and Puckle Street Precincts

A number of fine restaurants, bars and cafes are located only a five-minute drive from
the gallery at these busy and popular shopping strips. Find out more about Union Road and Puckle Street.

The story of the Incinerator


The Incinerator Gallery is the last remaining Walter Burley Griffin designed incinerator left in Victoria and one of only six left in the country.

The Royal College of Architects named it as among the 30 most important buildings in the state in 2003, it is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and was listed on the National Heritage Buildings Register until the register was disbanded in 2012.

The story of the Incinerator highlights a proud moment in Australia’s history, when our country developed an innovative, economical and technologically advanced solution to waste disposal that was envied worldwide.


A brief history

The City of Essendon commissioned world-renowned architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, and engineering company REICO in 1929 to build a state of the art and world-leading incinerator. They wanted a building to house the furnaces that would burn the city’s waste but not look like an industrial facility.

The Griffin’s proposal achieved this by following the principles of Prairie School architecture that were developed earlier in their careers in Chicago with local architects including Frank Lloyd Wright. Their aim was to create a building that fitted harmoniously into its environment with Walter Burley Griffin stating that “the final test of modernism is the replacement of industrial eyesores”.

The City of Essendon’s new building was lauded for its beauty and effectiveness and used until it was decommissioned in 1942. It was left to deteriorate until 1984, when the City of Essendon reopened the facility as a community theatre before closing again after a few years due to funding issues. Its arts legacy was not long forgotten though, with the site undergoing a conservation program, reopening as a multi-arts facility in 2004 as the Incinerator Arts Complex.

The venue was renamed the Incinerator Gallery in 2011 and refocused on a new plan to establish it as a premier visual arts destination in Melbourne’s West.


Our vision

Our vision is to create a professionally accredited public art gallery to serve Melbourne’s West, which explores the impact of industry on society and the environment, using a platform of art for social change. It is time that Melbourne’s West had the same opportunities to see the many touring exhibitions that travel to the eastern suburbs and rural Victoria.

Our vision is also to protect our country’s historically significant buildings for all Australians. The Incinerator Gallery is a beautiful building with an important place in Australia’s industrial past and has potential to be a shining gem enjoyed by all.

Want to learn more? The Incinerator Gallery offers free history tours to community groups, led by Incinerator volunteers. Click here to find out more or contact us on 03 8325 1740.

Last updated: Monday, 17 June 2019, 9:54 PM