Official Doctor Blake Ballarat Tours

A brand new, two-hour coach tour of local filming locations in The Doctor Blake Mysteries. There will be stops and photo opportunities along the way with a commentary on classic episodes of the hit ABC TV series, including intriguing Ballarat history, buildings and personalities. Bookings essential.

Where: Departs from Ballarat Railway Station
When: Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: $50 per person
More Information: Dr Blake Tours or 0407 966 651

Doctor Blake
Inside Regent Cinema

Regent Cinema Tour

Step back in time at the Regent Cinema, an impressive building and local business that has been a part of Ballarat’s history since 1928. With guided tours of the foyer, auditorium and behind the scenes, as well as fascinating historic footage to be shown in Cinema 2, don’t miss this rare opportunity to discover more about this wonderful home of entertainment.

Where: Regent Cinema, Lydiard Street North
When: Tours: 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm & 3.30pm, Saturday & Sunday
Historic Films: 11am, 12.30pm & 2pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free. Limited places.
More Information: Regent Entertainment

Double Decker Bus Tours

Jump on board a double decker bus and take in the sites of Ballarat from the top deck. Listen to fascinating mysteries and stories of Ballarat along the way. Limited seats available, visit the Mining Exchange to book a seat.

Where: Departs from the Ballarat Mining Exchange
When: Every 20 minutes, Saturday & Sunday
Cost / Bookings: Gold coin donation. Bookings on the day.

Double decker bus
Steam Train

Steam Trains

Enjoy a 45-minute round journey from Ballarat Railway Station behind a vintage steam locomotive.

Where: Ballarat Railway Station
When: 9.25am, 10.45am, 12.50pm, 2.10pm & 3.35pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: $25 Adult, $10 Children or $60 Family. Book online at Steamrail Victoria or purchase tickets at Platform 2, from 8.25am, Saturday & Sunday.

Ballarat East Bus Tours

Join a guide from Eerie Tours on a bus tour around Ballarat East and learn the lesser known stories and hidden landscapes at the the Goldfields and Eureka locations.

Where: Departs from the corner of Sturt and Lydiard Streets
When: 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free. Bookings at the Mining Exchange on the day.
More Information: Eerie Tours

people viewing art

Mystery Tours of the Art Gallery

Go on a tour of the Art Gallery of Ballarat and find out about some of the mysteries behind the works on the walls with one of the Gallery’s volunteer guides. The Art Gallery will also be conducting tours by torchlight on Saturday evening!

Where: Art Gallery of Ballarat, Lydiard Street North
When: 11am & 2pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free
More Information: Art Gallery Ballarat
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Her Majesty’s Theatre Tours

Take a behind the scenes look at one of Australia’s most historic theatres. Her Majesty’s Theatre has been a central part of the cultural life of Ballarat since it opened in 1875 as the Academy of Music, and has been continually used as Ballarat’s home of live performance ever since.

Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street South
When: 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free. Limited places.
More Information: Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Thearter seating
Paddleboat on Lake Wendouree

Paddleboat Tour of Lake Wendouree

Join us aboard The Begonia Princess paddleboat, Lake Wendouree’s premier floating attraction and the oldest original paddleboat on the lake. Hear about the history of the lake and enjoy seeing the sights on this one-hour cruise.

Where: Departs from the mooring at View Point, opposite the Lake View Hotel.
When: 3pm to 4pm, Saturday
Cost/Bookings: $15 per person. Tickets available at Ballarat Tickets
More Information: Begonia Princess or 0455 129 977
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Ballarat Synagogue Talk and Tour

The Ballarat Synagogue is the oldest synagogue on the mainland of Australia. Built in 1861, the building and the congregation have been an integral and historic part of Ballarat’s history, including the 150-year-old Berstein tree.

Where: Ballarat Synagogue, corner of Princes and Barkly Streets, Ballarat East
When: 10am to 3.30pm, Sunday. Talks at 11am, 1pm & 3pm.
Cost/Bookings: Free
More Information: Ballarat Synagogue

Inside the Synagogue
Ballarat Firestation

Ballarat Fire Station Historical Exhibition & Tours

Visit the home of the Ballarat Fire Brigade - one of Victoria’s oldest - at the Ballarat East Fire Station. The building was recently used for an episode of The Doctor Blake Mysteries and is home to an impressive display of memorabilia and the restored 1938 Dodge pumper. Take in a tour which includes climbing to the top of the historical tower!

Where: 22 Barkly Street, corner of East Street Ballarat East
When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free. Donations kindly accepted. Tours on demand.
More Information: David Elms at 0407 843 078 or
Accessibility:Station is wheelchair accessible. No wheelchair accessiblity in tower.

Soldiers Hill Arts Walk

The Art Walk is an initiative of the Soldiers Hill Artist Collective(SHAC) to exhibit the works of local artists. This year, the walk showcases works of art by 14 Soldiers Hill artists, in 11 locations: 5 private homes and studios, and 6 shopfront locations. The walk is self guided and takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes at a leisurely pace.

Where: Various locations in Soldier’s Hill
When: 10am to 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free
More Information: SHAC Ballarat or 0417 136 942
Accessibility:Wheelchair access

Art workPhotograph: Magda Kazmierczak
Macarthur Street PS

Macarthur St Primary School Tours

Macarthur Street Primary School is located at 401 Macarthur Street Soldierss Hill and has been providing quality education to the Ballarat Community since 1878. All parts of the original building are in use and hourly tours will provide a fascinating insight into the classical school buildings of the 19th century and their transformation to 21st century education. A selection of school memorabilia will be on display and a Devonshire tea will be available.

Where: 401 Macarthur Street, Soldiers Hill
When: 11am to 3pm*, Saturday & Sunday. Guided tours on the hour.
*Please note the change of times
More Information: Macarthur Street PS 8.30am – 4.30pm on 03 5332 4746
Accessibility:Wheelchair access to the ground floor.

National Trust Walking Tour

Meet an array of world voices who helped shape Ballarat. A 45-minute walking tour of Ballarat’s main boulevard, Sturt Street. Poets, adventurers, royalty and politicians all had an opinion that impacted on the Ballarat of today.

Where: Departs from the Titanic Bandstand, Sturt Street gardens, opposite Ballaarat Mechanics Institute
When: 10am, 12pm & 2pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free

Titanic bandstand
Behind the bar

Old Colonists’ Club Tour

Our knowledgeable tour guides will share a brief history of the Old Colonists’ Association (one of the oldest philanthropic organisations in Australia) and its social arm, the Old Colonists’ Club.

Where: Old Colonists’ Club, 20 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
When: 12pm & 2pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Gold coin donation
More Information: After 4.30pm, weeknights at 5331 2461 or 0400 168 564
Accessibility: First floor - no wheelchair or lift access

Lydiard Street Walking Tour

Join Ballarat Heritage Tours to discover true tales of the Strange, Dark and Mysterious side of Historic Lydiard Street.

Where: Departs from Ballarat Railway Station
When: 10:30am, 12pm, 2pm Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Information: Free. Visit Ballarat Heritage Tours

Lydiard Street