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The Known World Bookshop & Boutique City Apartment


The Known World Bookshop started life in 2001 as Buninyong Books, located in the small historic former goldmining township of Buninyong, in country Victoria. In June 2008, we relocated to Ballarat, at 14 Sturt Street. The bookshop offers a wonderful selection of quality secondhand books, and an espresso coffee bar, in a 1930s Art Deco-inspired atmosphere.

The collection is comprehensive, with quality literature, modern classics, books on the arts, history, philosophy, Australia, militaria, science and technology, poetry and more. There is also an excellent collection of children’s literature, including childhood favourites and classics.

Above the bookshop is a one-bedroom New York loft-style apartment, furnished with mid-Century design classics. It’s available for overnight and short stays. Book early – guests love this place, and return each year.


14 Sturt Street, Ballarat central, VIC 3350Get directions


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.