Chinese Cemetery Tour

A walking tour of the Chinese section of the Ballarat New Cemetery including the Gum Loong Friendship Garden, Moongate and grave stones. The cemetery is a rich source of information on many aspects of traditional Chinese culture including religious beliefs around dying, death and an after life and how Chinese culture has contributed to the development of Ballarat since European settlement. The tour will include a discussion of the design of the Gum Loong garden. Each tour will begin inside the Iron Gates at the main entrance of the New Cemetery Lydiard St North. The tour will take between 1 and 1.5 hours. Ensure you wear comfortable walking shoes and dress with the weather in mind. The walk is largely on even ground but there are some slopes. It is possible to do the tour walking all down hill.

Where: Ballarat New Cemetery, Lydiard Street Nth

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May

Time: 10.00am & 2.00pm

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

Cemetery & Crematorium Tours

Have you been on a CEMETERY TOUR or CREMATORIUM TOUR before?  Learn more about this beautiful community asset and enjoy a tour of the cemetery at this year’s Ballarat Heritage Weekend. You’ll be surprised, you might gasp at the historical stories, you’ll learn about a time when the burial rate was at an all-time high and why and where and who resides in the Ballarat General Cemetery now and forever, at your backdoor. A not to be missed tour as part of Ballarat Heritage Weekend!

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May

Where: 1250 Doveton Street Nth

Times: Cemetery Tours (approx 1 hr) 11.30am & 12.30pm, Crematorium Tours (45 mins) at 9.00am, 10.30am & 12 noon.

Cost: Gold Coin donation which supports monument refurbishment

Queer History Tour

Join Tom Hodgson (“ Tales from Rat City ” podcast) and Alex Bayley ( independent queer historian ) on a tour of Ballarat’s queer history, focusing on the gold rush period and little-known stories of Ballarat’s same-sex attracted and gender diverse past. Walking and rolling through the CBD and stopping at several pertinent locations, you’ll hear an entertaining and well-researched history and expand your ideas of what Ballarat was like and who who lived here during the early decades of European settlement. Note that the content of this talk includes sexually explicit descriptions, homophobia and transphobia, presented in context.

Where: Tour starts at the Queen Victoria Statue opposite Town Hall

When: Sunday 26 May

Time: 10.30am (tour takes approx 90 mins)

Cost: $5 (supports Ballarat Frolic Festival)