Guiding Friends

The Guiding Friends meet on the 4th Wednesday of the Month at 10.00 a.m. in the George Longley Building. At our meetings through a range of activities we aim to support each other by creating and sharing opportunities to become knowledgeable and confident guides, who help visitors enjoy our gardens. From month to month, we may have a guest speaker, an excursion, plan or take a garden tour, prepare a brochure or research topics of interest.

Volunteer Guides of Friends of The Ballarat Botanical Gardens take guided walks and tours which cover highlights and stories behind these historic gardens established in 1858.

Free Tours on Sunday at 11.00a.m. during September, October, November, February, March April.   No need to book. Meet at the Conservatory.

Booked Guided Walks for Groups must be booked two weeks in advance at or Phone 03 5342 9354.

  • Tours take approximately 1 hour.
  • Groups of 10 or less
  • Cost $5 per person
  • Local Ballarat residents may make a gold coin donation.


Specialised Tour Catered to Meet Your Needs and Interests

Talks to Community Groups
Guides can also offer illustrated talks to community groups on aspects of the gardens - history, trees, statues, Prime Ministers Avenue, Western Bed.

Special Tours

Periodically the Guides offer tours to draw particular focus on an important aspect of the Gardens and link it with an occasion e.g. 

  • The Prime ministers Avenue on Australia Day                                                                                  
  • Gondwana Collection on Australia Day                                                                                    
  • Sequoiadendron Avenue in Heritage Month


Trail Map for self guided tour