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Day tours

3 October 2019: Please be aware that tours are not available on Melbourne Cup Day, 5 November 2019 due to shortage of guides. Combined J Ward/Aradale tours are available on Monday 4 November 2019.

Tours are conducted each Sunday and Wednesday at 11am and 2pm, by Friends of J Ward volunteers. Extra tours are organised for public holiday weekends (see below). Group bookings can be made by special arrangement.

  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • Tours commence from the Grano Street entrance
  • Due to the walking involved, parental discretion is advised when taking young children
  • Accessibility – stairs, no wheelchairs
  • Toilets – available during the tour
  • Photos – yes
  • Participants will gain a greater understanding of the history of Victorian Mental Health System.

Tickets can be purchased online (below), by cash or card on the day or at the Ararat Visitor Centre:

Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre,
91 High Street, Ararat.
Phone: 1800 657 158

  • Adult $22
  • Concession $18
  • Child (16 and under) $5
  • Family (2 adults, 2 children) $50

Concession applies to Aged Pensioners, Seniors Card holders and pre-booked groups of ten or more. Group tours can be organised at any time. The cost is $18 per head for minimum of 10 people, or $180.

Public holiday weekend tours

Special extra tours run at 11am and 2pm on:

  • Easter Monday
  • Queens Birthday Weekend

Combined J Ward/Aradale Asylums tours

A special deal is offered each Wednesday and Sunday where a ticket can be purchased for $30.00 p.p. which entails the bearer to a J Ward and Aradale Tour on the same day. It is recommended on a Wednesday that the ticket holder take the 10am J Ward Tour and then do the 2pm Aradale Tour. See below for details.