Spend an evening exploring the dark side of Australia's premier Gold Rush Cemetery.
Hear stories of death, disease, battles, and a range of fascinating and often disturbing stories from Australia's Gold Rush Era. A magnificent experience for everyone interested in history, cemeteries and mortality.
You will experience:
Eureka soldiers and miners' graves A variety of denominational sections The Chinese Cemetery The Jewish Cemetery The mass grave of over 10,000 gold rush miners Lots of personal stories of the builders of Ballarat
Opened in 1856 Ballarat Old Cemetery presents fascinating and important stories from Australia's Gold Rush Era.
Founded in the early 1800's, Ballarat has seen its share of tears and misery - from the hazards of the Gold Rush, the blood soaked Eureka Stockade, to the many souls who discovered mortality in the town's 150 year history.
Tours run Saturday nights. Tours begin at 8:00 pm EST or 9:00 pm during Daylight Savings.
Tour begins at the old cemetery gates, corner of Drummond and Macarthur, Ballarat.
Saturday, 24 April, 2021
Saturday, 1 May, 2021
Saturday, 8 May, 2021
Saturday, 15 May, 2021
Saturday, 22 May, 2021
Saturday, 29 May, 2021
Saturday, 5 June, 2021
Saturday, 12 June, 2021
Saturday, 19 June, 2021
Saturday, 26 June, 2021
Not suitable for children under the age of 6.
We run the tour rain, hail or shine!
What to bring/wear
Ballarat can be cold. Please check the weather prior to the tour and dress appropriately.
Tours are an easy walk, with an emphasis on stories.
Unfortunately tours are not suitable for wheelchairs.
December 9, 2019 by johnr_bridget
Great night out
I was on holiday a couple of weeks ago and my granddaughter and I had a great night out and really enjoyed the tour of the old cemetery. Our guide Gwin? Was amazing at building up the atmosphere, from the time of her arrival till the end of the tour she maintained the tension necessary to ensure our interest. While it wasn't really spooky, Gwins delivery of the information meant we could fully visualise all the happennings described. I really recommend this night tour, my only suggestion would be to start a day tour, I'm sure heaps of people would be interested in the history of the cemetery without the ghosty bits. Kind regards Bridget Porter Auckland NZ