Tours

Town Hall After Dark Tours by Eerie Tours

The Ballarat Town Hall is not only one of the most iconic structures in Ballarat’s historic architectural landscape, it is also a building steeped in unusual and uncanny events. This is your opportunity to explore this magnificent facility after dark like never before with Ballarat’s expert dark history researcher, Nathaniel Buchanan, creator of the Ballarat Ghost Tour, Ballarat Cemetery Tour and the intimidating Aradale Asylum Ghost Tour.

When: Saturday 25 May

Where: Town Hall, Sturt Street, Ballarat

Time: 7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Cost: $10 per person

Bookings: Tickets available at www.eerietours.com.au

No wheelchair access – tour contains several stairwells.

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: 10am & 2pm

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: 11.30am & 12.30pm: Cemetery Tours (approx 1 hr)

9am, 10.30am & 12pm: Crematorium Tours (45 mins)

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: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May

Time: 2.30pm (tour takes approx 90 mins)

Cost: $5 (supports Ballarat Frolic Festival)

Book: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=496891&fbclid=IwAR2RiOSrrO8Qb-Hr8w4yqj0Ww9_LDF1q7n7YyozA1k_PLqIvumbZ2LqAbvk

Guided Tours, Snooker Exhibition & Open House

Our knowledgeable tour guides will give a brief history of the Old Colonists’ Association (one of the oldest philanthropic organisations in Australia) and its social arm, the Old Colonists’ Club.  Participants will be shown through our charming Bar, the large Billiard Room (which contains three full sized billiard tables), the reception room (which features various antiques and artefacts from Ballarat’s gold-rush era) and the delightful balcony.

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May

Where: 20 Lydiard Street Nth

Time: 12pm and 2pm – Guided Tours and Snooker Exhibitions

Cost: Gold Coin donation

Please note: Located on 1st floor – no lift or wheelchair access

Tours of The Regent Cinemas

Be treated to a rare look behind the scenes of Ballarat’s iconic Regent Movie Theatre with a tour of the grand main foyers, stunning cinema 1 auditorium and the seldom seen projection rooms. Learn about the history of this marvellous art deco styled building as well as the painstaking effort invested into restoring and maintaining the heritage roots of the cinema. See where the movie exhibition industry has come from, as well a unique look at where the future is leading. Explore retired cinema paraphernalia from the years gone by in the visual display curated by the expert Regent staff.

Where: Regent Cinemas, 49 Lydiard Street Nth

When: Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May

Time: 10am – 4pm: Cinemas of the Past & Present visual display

9.45am & 3.15pm: Regent Cinemas – Behind the Scenes Tour

Cost: Free

The Real Builders of Ballarat: A Masonic Tour of the Ballarat CBD

Freemasons were on the Goldfields from the very beginning and quickly became a contributing force in the fledgling city of Ballarat by establishing many public works such as hospitals, libraries, schools and churches. Shrouded in secrecy, these builders have left many clues and symbols throughout the historic quarter of Ballarat. For the first time, join one of Ballarat’s active Worshipful Masters on an enlightening walking tour as you learn about some of achievements this mysterious fraternity have contributed to the City of Gold.

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May

Where: Starts – Ballarat Train Station, Lydiard Street Nth

Times: 11am & 2pm daily (approx. 50 mins, 30 people maximum per tour)

Cost: Free

Ballarat Heritage Tours - Historic Lydiard Street

Join Andrew Sharpe, one of Ballarat’s most experienced tour guides, on this fascinating walking tour along historic Lydiard Street, one of the world’s premier gold rush districts. With many beautiful Victorian era buildings still standing, Lydiard Street is an architectural testament to the people who founded the city. This is your chance to delve a little deeper.

Where: Ballarat Train Station, Lydiard Street Nth

When: Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May

Time: 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm daily (approx. 55 mins, 30 people max)

Cost: Free

National Trust Ballarat Branch - Walking Tours

Join local members of the National Trust Ballarat Branch, for an interesting walk along Lydiard Street Sth. Along with the amazing architecture, there are plenty of stories to be shared!

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May

Where: Starts – Burke & Wills Fountain, Cnr Sturt & Lydiard Streets)

Times: 10.30am & 12.30pm & 2.30pm daily (approx. 50 mins)

Cost: Free

Macarthur Street Primary School

Macarthur Street Primary School is located at 401 Macarthur Street Soldiers 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 refreshments will be available.

A pictorial history of Macarthur Street Primary School ‘Macarthur Street Memories’ will be available to purchase on the day.

Wheelchair access is available to the ground floor.

For further information please phone the school 8:30am – 4:30pm – 03 5332 4746

Where: 401 Macarthur Street, Soldiers Hill

When: Sunday 26 May

Time: 111am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm (approx. 45 mins)

Cost: Free