The Mentone Historical Walking Trail is intended to be an introduction to the rich history of Mentone, celebrating both its charming architecture and enduring village character.
Unlike other towns which grew from pioneer settlements, Mentone was founded during the prosperous land boom of the 1880s.
Developer Sir Matthew Davies envisaged the town as a stylish new Riviera. Embracing Mediterranean themes, the concept unfolded with Italian street names and extravagant buildings. The most impressive of these was the luxurious Mentone Coffee Palace which is now Kilbreda College.
Styled as a ‘salubrious’ destination, holiday-makers flocked to the town to enjoy its hot sea baths and prestigious racecourse. Although the boom period was short lived, Mentone was endowed with a lasting architectural legacy, which was complimented by the classic Edwardian styles of later development.