Self-Guided Tours


Ballarat Revealed

Ballarat Revealed is a geo-location based historical storytelling site allowing the user to go on a guided walking tour of the streets of Ballarat's CBD using a smart phone device.

Experience the cityscape as it was in past centuries through historical images and videos sourced from archives and available online.

This tour will take you from the Bridge Mall up a path in the middle of Ballarat's 'grand boulevarde' Sturt Street, and along the footpaths of Lydiard and Doveton streets.

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Ballarat's Historic Streetscapes Walking Tour

Discover the grand architectural links to Ballarat's dramatic past with this self-guided streetscapes walking tour. Unearth the fortunes lavished upon the buildings in Lydiard Street, enjoy the melding of architecture in Camp Street and soak in the history of Sturt Street with this wonderful tour. 

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Ballarat's Historic Statues Walking Tour

Experience Sturt Street as an open-air gallery of priceless sculptures and monuments, honouring heroes and icons, observe the wealth of stories set in stone along the grand boulevard and as you wander the main street of Ballarat consider that for over 80 years it bustled with the rumble of trams.

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For a copy of these walking tours please visit the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre or download directly from our website.


Buninyong + Surrounds Walking Tours

Buninyong Village and surrounds provides many opportunities for walkers of all levels of fitness. 


The Garden of the Grieving Mother

The Garden of the Grieving Mother is designed to be a space for contemplation and reflection, honouring and acknowledging the grief and anxiety experienced by those ‘at home’; the mothers, fathers, families and friends left behind, waiting for news of loved ones serving in foreign lands in times of war. The Garden’s inspiration came from WW1 but it is intended as a tribute to the mothers and families of all Australian service men and women, in all wars. Of those who went to war, one in five lost their life (744 of the 3801 memorialised in the Avenue of Honour), over two in five were wounded, and the remaining two in five were affected in other ways. The bronze, life size statue at the heart of the Garden of the Grieving Mother is the work of prominent Australian sculptor, Peter Corlett OAM.

The Gardens and statue are located at the site of the Arch of Victory – Sturt St, Ballarat.