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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.

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 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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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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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.