The Known World Bookshop & Boutique City Apartment

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The Known World Bookshop started life in 2001 as Buninyong Books, located in the small historic former goldmining township of Buninyong, in country Victoria. In June 2008, we relocated to Ballarat, at 14 Sturt Street. The bookshop offers a wonderful selection of quality secondhand books, and an espresso coffee bar, in a 1930s Art Deco-inspired atmosphere.

The collection is comprehensive, with quality literature, modern classics, books on the arts, history, philosophy, Australia, militaria, science and technology, poetry and more. There is also an excellent collection of children’s literature, including childhood favourites and classics.

Above the bookshop is a one-bedroom New York loft-style apartment, furnished with mid-Century design classics. It’s available for overnight and short stays. Book early – guests love this place, and return each year.


Cafe Shop / Gift Shop

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available


Free Entry

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