Cardigan Touring Services conduct short tours around Ballarat and much of Western Victoria.
Watch our short video or see below for a range of great tour options.
90 Minute Sightseeing Tours of Ballarat
Short Ballarat Tours
- Heritage and History Sightseeing Tours
- 90 Minute Tours of Ballarat
Join us as we show you some of Ballarat’s magnificent old buildings, gardens, architecture, Statues and tell you stories of people, places and events which have changed the face of history. We can take in stories of Eureka, the Arch of Victory, Avenue of Honour, Australian POW Memorial, Old Ballarat Cemetery, Botanic Gardens and many of the Statues, Structures and Buildings in the CBD.
Half Day Tours
Old Gold Towns ( can also be a full day tour )
Highlights can include Creswick, some original old mining areas, the Australasia Mine disaster, townships of Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Clunes, Talbot and Learmonth.
- Lavender, Art, Hats & Hills
Highlights can include Warrenheip, Bungaree, Gordon, the Olde Trout Hatte Shop, Antiques, Yuulong Lavender Estate & Buninyong.
A selection of visits to local wineries in the Ballarat Region and Pyrenees Region covering Reds, Whites, Fortified and Organic.
The Half Day Tour visits wineries in the Ballarat.
Region- A selection can be found at www.ballaratwineries.com/wineries.htm
Approximately 30H wineries are visited on a Half Day Tour.
Full Day Tours
The Grampians National Park
Highlights include Ararat, Hall’s Gap, “Brambuck Cultural Centre”, Grampians, Boroka Lookout, Reid’s Lookout, McKenzie’s Falls, Roses Gap, Stawell and a Winery visit with wine tasting if time permits.
- The Gold Towns of Bendigo, Castlemaine, Maldon
Highlights include a selection from Creswick, Smeaton, Daylesford, Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, tour of Castlemaine, Bendigo, ride a Talking Tram, Maldon, Maryborough, Talbot, Clunes & return Ballarat.
- Great Ocean Road 12 Apostles
Highlights include 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Mutton Bird Island, Port Campbell, Bay of Islands, remains of London Bridge, Warrnambool town tour, dry-stone wall country, Colac & return Ballarat.
- Hanging Rock, Mount Macedon
Travel Blackwood, Trentham, Woodend, Hanging Rock, Mount Macedon, “The Cross”, “Forest Glades” spectacular garden, Macedon, Kyneton, Daylesford & return Ballarat.
- Geelong & Golden Plains
Highlights can include a selection from Smythesdale, Nimmon’s Bridge, Devils Kitchen, Corindhap Wood Sculptures, Rokewood, Geelong, Eastern Beach, City Tour, Anakie, Steiglitz, Lal Lal, Buninyong & Ballarat.
Short Extended Tours
We can design a specific itinerary to suit your interests, your timetable and your budget or you can adopt one of our existing itineraries such as –
- Day1: Pickup Melbourne Hotel, travel Ballarat, Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum, Ballarat City Tour, overnight Ballarat, ” Blood on the Southern Cross”.
- Day 2: Travel Ararat, Hall’s Gap, “Brambuck Cultural Centre”, Grampians, Boroka Lookout, Reid’s Lookout, McKenzie’s Falls, Victoria Valley, Warrnambool, overnight Warrnambool, “Shipwrecked”.
- Day 3 : Tour of Warrnambool, Bay of islands, Port Campbell, Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, Lorne, Geelong and return Melbourne Hotel or other location.
Visiting Friends & Relatives
Got friends or relatives coming from interstate or overseas? Let us show them around Ballarat or the Region for a few hours or a day.
- Geneology Tours
We have access to many old Goldfields records. Do your own research & we will guide you around the Goldfields towns and cemeteries or we will research for you and see “who you think you are.”
- Joseph Jenkins Swagman Tour
Based on the diary extracts in the books “Diary of a Welsh Swagman” and “Pity the Swagman” we follow this man’s incredible if not sad journey from Wales to the Victorian Goldfields from 1869 to 1894. This tour can take in Forest Creek, Castlemaine, Muckleford, Walmer, Maldon, Smeaton, the Hepburn property and Ballarat.
- Gardens, Galleries and Antiques Tour
Taking in a selection from Ballarat Art Gallery, Convent Gallery, Wombat Hill & Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, Buda Historic Home & Garden, Castlemaine Art Gallery, Maryborough Railway Station, James Egan Studio, Mt Lonarch Bone China & Lambley Garden Nursery are just a part of the list of those available.
- Corporate/Industrial & Conference Delegate Tours
Designed for corporate guests wanting information prior to relocating to Ballarat, visiting as a Conference delegate or representatives of Companies planning expansion into the area and needing information on utilities, access, land, warehousing, schools, housing, sporting facilities etc.
- Music & Theatre Tours
Some shows on offer include “Annie”, “War Horse” and “South Pacific”
These tours can include performances in Ballarat or Melbourne and have in the past included shows such as –
- Phantom of the Opera
- Love Never Dies
- Les Miserables
- Doctor Zhivargo
- Man of la manch
- My Fair lady
- Rocky Horror Show
- The Sound of Music ……. And so the list grows.
Additionaly there are from time to time, some most memorable performances in her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat including Les Miserables, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Trial by Jury, The Mikado and more.