Discover secrets of Ballarat on the “City Tales and Hidden Lanes” tour – journeying on foot to uncover intriguing laneways, unique local shops, and stunning historic vistas.

The Ballarat Hidden Lanes tours feature two options – one is a guided walking tour and the other is a self-guided tour. They both focus on similar things, however the guided tour is shorter (just 2.5hrs) and focuses on uncovering intriguing stories and includes a cuppa and Ballarat print. The self-guided tour is a longer day/half day walk and focuses more on walking, and is perfect if you love exploring on foot.

The journeys focus on hidden stories, intriguing laneways, quirky antique / gift stores, and beautiful scenery.

Runs Wednesday-Saturdays as a self-guided tour between 10:30am-4:00pm and for the guided tour is on most weekends, and also on demand Wednesday-Sunday for small groups.

Content: Hidden Lanes


51 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

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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.

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