Imagine yourself on an antique horse drawn carriage exploring the ghostly secrets of Australia’s most haunted city. Or maybe you’d rather enjoy high tea delights at the Heritage on Lydiard and a feast at Craig’s Royal Hotel, just like Mark Twain did when he visited Australia in 1891. Explore History at Ballarat Heritage Weekend.

 

Venture to Victoria’s city of Ballarat where you can experience all the above and more, during the city’s annual heritage festival.

You will have the chance to indulge in all things vintage with nearly 100 activities and events planned for the weekend. This is an opportunity to explore one of Australia’s largest inland cities from a different perspective and to learn about stories, customs and traditions that still enrich the lives of people who live there today.

“In the eighteen months I have been running the tours I’ve had hundreds of calls from Ballarat residents with ghost stories about their haunted homes. In a city of less than 100,000 Ballarat is home to two separate Church exorcism teams.”

Ballarat is alive with history, but many of the enchanting gardens, private residences and memorabilia collections on display during the heritage weekend (which include anything from walking sticks, Louis Vuitton luggage, vintage cars, working steam engines and swimsuits), are usually closed to the public, making this event a rare opportunity to see and learn about things even locals might not have seen and known about their home town before.

Thanks to the city’s interesting history, Ballarat has no shortages of stories, including those of the spooky type. Ghostly encounters tours are part of the smorgasbord of activities available during the heritage weekend and Nathaniel Buchanan, the tour guide, brings the legends of these stories alive for you.

“In the eighteen months I have been running the tours I’ve had hundreds of calls from Ballarat residents with ghost stories about their haunted homes. In a city of less than 100,000 Ballarat is home to two separate Church exorcism teams.”

“I’ve had people become cold and grief stricken. Some have claimed to be pushed. Apparitions have been photographed,” he says.

In case apparitions are nothing new for you, you are also more than welcome to share your stories with Nathan and your buddying explorers on the tour.

From Melbourne it takes about 1.5 hours by car to get to Ballarat, but you might even choose to take a leisurely train ride to your destination.

 

Ballarat Heritage Weekend – May 26-27, 2018 – www.ballaratheritageweekend.com