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Self-guided tours

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.

Hidden Lanes

Introducing Hidden Lanes – slow travel self-guided tours.

Discover unique hidden gems of Ballarat’s landscape, history, food and art on this carefully-curated walking experience.

The 3-4 hour journey focuses on hidden laneways, art galleries/studios, antique and local gift stores, quirky cafes and beautiful scenery.

Slow down and enjoy the experience on foot or hit the streets on a bike or e-scooter.

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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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Travis Price’s Main Road Mural

Public Art Walks

With more than 120 artworks to its name, Ballarat is home to one of Australia’s largest and most significant regional public art collections.

The following Public Art Walks were created by the City of Ballarat in 2021:

Ballarat Augmented Reality Trail

Take a self-guided tour around Ballarat to view our diverse historical landmarks and experience a new way to interact with our heritage streetscapes.

At each of the 10 iconic locations, scan the QR code to experience them through this new augmented reality platform.

This tour was created for the 2021 Ballarat Heritage Festival.

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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 Craft Beer Trail

From the growing emergence of micro-brewers to some of Victoria’s best brew-pub experiences, Ballarat is home to the finest brewing stations and handcrafted beer.

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Ballarat Botanical Gardens self-guided walking tours

Created by Ballarat Botanical Gardens staff, these themed tours provide visitors with an easy way to explore one of Australia’s most significant cool climate gardens.

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Buninyong Botanic Gardens self-guided walking tours

You can now explore the Buninyong Botanic Gardens’ plant collection and history in more detail both online and throughout your visit within the gardens.

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Audio tours

Delve a little deeper and discover the rich history and fascinating stories of:

  • the Ballarat Botanical Gardens
  • the Ballarat Begonia Festival and the city’s collection of begonias
  • the Buninyong Botanic Gardens

These audio tours were created for the 2021 Ballarat Begonia Festival.

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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.