Suggested Student Level: Grade 4 to Year 9

Maximum Students: 25

Program Times: Weekdays 10:00am – 12:00pm and 12:30pm – 2:30pm (or as negotiated)

Due to the nature of this program, at this stage we are unable to offer it as outreach. The session is conducted in the Ballarat CBD.

Rock Around The Block is a walking tour of central Ballarat that explores the use of rock in building construction and decoration. It encourages appreciation of the geological heritage of some of the city’s most notable structures.

From the Ballarat Town Hall to the city’s Law Courts, Rock Around the Block takes students on a geological, architectural and historical journey through the magnificent Victorian streetscapes of the central business district.

Over the course of approximately two hours, students will investigate the rocks that have been used to construct the buildings, statues, monuments, tiling, footpaths and kerbing of Ballarat’s famous boulevards.

These materials were originally sourced from local Victorian quarries and as far away as the northernmost tip of Tuscany, Italy.

The unit has been adapted by Earth Ed from an original earth science activity that was developed by Federation University’s School of Science & Engineering.

Students are able to:

  • Identify and name different types of materials used in Ballarat’s structures, including basalt, slate, granite, ignimbrite, sandstone, marble, quartz, clay, limestone and asphalt.
  • Describe why each type of material was chosen to construct the buildings, statues, monuments, tiling, footpaths and kerbing.