Hidden Lanes

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

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.



Embark on a whimsical journey in the Ballarat with the City Tales & Hidden Lanes Self-Guided Tourl. Explore laneways, soak up the stunning historic town centre and discover hidden stories, local hidden gems, antique shops and artist studios.

This self guided tour runs Wednesday-Saturday between 10:30am-4:00pm.

The inspiring journey includes: quirky cafes/shops, intriguing lanes, history tales, art studios/galleries.

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Experience Hidden Lanes as part of the Ballarat Winter Festival.

Hidden Lanes is a slow travel self-guided tour that takes around two – four hours walking or one – two hours riding a bicycle/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 gallery, and inspiring short films.

The Ballarat Winter Festival offering will feature plenty of wintery delights to your journey.

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Feed all the senses with this immersive Art and Culinary Journey as an inclusive package. This four hour slow travel experience will inspire with hidden stories, spark your creativity and delight your taste buds.

If you keen to support local businesses, explore your creativity, try more delicious food, do less of the same boring stuf, discover hidden stories and have more adventures, you need to try the Ballarat Art and Culinary Journey.

This art and culture self-guided tour starts at the Lost Ones Makers Studio with a fun art workshop run by Ballarat artist Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling. Ticketed event – limited to 10 people per event. Starts at 10:00am at The Lost Ones Makers Studio, runs until 2:00pm. From there, you will follow your special Hidden Lanes self-guided tour, discovering artwork, history tales and beautiful scenery. Along the way you will also have lunch and drink and a culinary treat (included in the ticket cost).

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Family Friendly Pet Friendly - Enquire


Discover the secrets of Ballarat on the City Tales and Hidden Lanes walking tour.

Journey on foot to uncover intriguing laneways, unique local shops, and stunning historic vistas.

This approximately 2-2.5 hour guided walking tour explores the inner city of Ballarat. Includes a drink in a café and Ballarat art print.

Disabled Access

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