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Explore Ballarat in your own time and at your own pace on a self-guided tour. The history of this great city will blow you away.

Ballarat Revealed

Ballarat Revealed is a geolocation-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 online.

This tour will take you from the Bridge Mall up a path in the middle of Ballarat’s “grand boulevard”, 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.

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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 and, as you wander the main street of Ballarat, consider that it once bustled with the rumble of trams for over 80 years.

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The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial

Located at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, this memorial recognises and remembers those Australians who became Prisoners of War during the wars of the 20th century.

Opened in 2004, it acknowledges the hardship, deprivation, brutality, starvation and disease endured by Prisoners of War during their capture and the scars many continued to endure upon their repatriation to Australia.

More than 36,000 Australian ex-POWs are represented on the 130-metre long granite wall, including the 8600 who died in captivity and remain buried on foreign shores.

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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.

Located at the Arch of Victory in Sturt Street, the garden’s inspiration came from World War I but it is intended as a tribute to the mothers and families of all Australian servicemen and women in all wars.

The bronze, life-size statue at the heart of the garden is the work of prominent Australian sculptor Peter Corlett OAM.

Buninyong & Surrounds Walking Tours

Buninyong and surrounds provides many opportunities for walkers of all levels of fitness. Some can be completed in half an hour, others take several hours.

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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.