Federation cottage circa 1920's.
Fecaying brick structure.
Aerial image of whole reserve with Skelton Creek in background.
Federation cottage with slate roof.

Truganina Explosives Reserve

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Located opposite Kooringal Golf Course on Queen Street, the Truganina Explosives Reserve has a unique history, once having been a storage facility for explosive materials. It comprises an historic homestead and underkeeper's residence, adjacent to an important conservation reserve.

The Explosives Reserve is a unique part of Victorian industrial history and now serves as a conservation site providing shelter and habitat for the endangered Altona skipper butterfly with a stand of chaffy saw-sedge (Gahnia filum).

What's On

Enjoy guided tours through the reserve.

Images: (1) Underkeeper's cottage c.1920s. (2) Explosives testing site. (3) Aerial image of Truganina Explosives Reserve with Skeleton Creek in background. (4) Keeper's Cottage Truganina Explosives Reserve c.1900s. All photos: courtesy of Hobsons Bay City Council.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Open access 2pm-5pm
Tours running every half hour starting at 2pm. Last tour departs at 4.30pm
Running for 20 minutes in groups of 20

No bookings required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.


Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby

Wooden pier provides wheelchair accessibility into scrubbed area


276 Queen St, Altona VIC 3018

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