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Stuff To Do In Ballarat

19 May 2023 to 28 May 2023

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19 May 2023 to 28 May 2023 Hidden Lanes

Hidden Lanes is a slow travel self-guided tour that takes around two to five hours walking or one to two hours riding a bicycle or scooter.


This unique slow travel walking experience includes unique hidden gems of Ballarat’s landscape, history, food and art.


The digital guidebook incorporates quirky shops and cafes to visit, history audio podcasts, open artist studios and inspiring short films.

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19 May to 21 May 2023 - Ballarat Antique Fair

Quality Antique Dealers from Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia, Melbourne and regional Victoria will be showcasing and selling fabulous pieces of Furniture, Jewellery, Sterling Silver, Artworks. Over 30 quality antique dealers will exhibit beautiful jewellery, furniture, silverware, ceramics, artworks, objets d'art. All items will be for sale.

Ballarat Civic Hall 300-304 Mair St, Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350

Friday 4pm to 8pm - Saturday 10am to 5pm - Sunday 10am to 4pm (Entry Fee $10) 


Before Europeans first arrived in the region in 1837, the Ballarat area was home to at least 25 Aboriginal tribes known as the Wathaurong (Wadawurrung) people that formed part of the Kulin Nation of Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal words ‘balla arat’, meaning ‘resting place’ or ‘bent elbow’, were believed to be the origin of the name ‘Ballarat’, used by Scottish settler Archibald Buchanan Yuille.


20 May & 21 May 2023 - Ballarat Old Gaol Tours

Come visit the old Ballarat Gaol site for a guided tour of Ballarat’s criminal history. Explore the Gaol’s tunnels and turrets in Virtual Reality. Uncover the colourful history of the former Gaol and its inmates through artefacts, blueprints and images. This year the tour features a history of flogging as a form of punishment and correction in Victoria and the Gaol throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

E.J. Tippett Library, 107 Lydiard St South (enter through the gaol gates)

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