Balla and Pete's Arts Trail

Explore The Christmas tale of Balla-Rat's Star with this special festive art trail!


Two characters were stirring, 
called Balla and Pete.
Stepping back to admire 
their tree from afar, 
it dawned on the rats 
they were missing THE STAR!

Hark! Without the star for the top of Balla and Pete’s Christmas tree, the festive season is sure be ruined! Our friendly rats set out on a desperate search to find a star and provide the ideal finishing touch, but time is not on their side!

Will you help Balla and Pete find a star in time for Christmas? Join them in a merry escapade around town to complete their quest!

Bring your sense of adventure, your family and friends, as you help the search for the perfect star. There are 10 mind-bending interactive artworks with photo opportunities dotted along the trail, so be sure to pack your camera!


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  1. 1. McKenzie st
  2. 2. Rotunda (Sturt St)
  3. 3. Town Hall (Median Strip)
  4. 4. Central Square
  5. 5. Gold Shop (Window)
  6. 6. Art Gallery of Ballarat
  7. 7. Gold Monument
  8. 8. Grenvillle St Wall
  9. 9. Bridge Mall
  10. 10. Bakery Hill

Follow the arts trail Itinerary >    Download the arts trail map pdf >

Meet the artists behind The Christmas Tale of Balla-Rat’s Star.


A product of the University of Ballarat, Travis began
his career as a graphic designer before transitioning
to commercial illustrator. Twenty years on he has
worked for everyone from Mambo through to Nike,
UnderArmour, Pearl Jam and The Boston Globe.
Working from his home studio Travis continues to share
his love for Ballarat through his local murals projects.

INSTAGRAM: travispriceillustration


Growing up in South Africa, Caroline only ever
wanted to be an artist. After studying, she cut her
teeth illustrating books for rural African schools
before moving to Australia. She continues to work for
educational publishers as well as on picture books and
in recent years has been busy illustrating Snugglepot
and Cuddlepie for a series of May Gibbs books
commissioned by Scholastic.

INSTAGRAM: carkeysillustration


Kicking off his professional illustration career at the
age of 12, Ben has since created commissioned works
for clients including Harrods, Wall St Journal and The
Natural Confectionery Co. In 2012 Ben wrote and
illustrated the internationally acclaimed children’s book
“I’ve an Uncle Ivan”. Ben is currently creating a new
series with Lothian Children’s Books.

INSTAGRAM: ben.sanders.illustrator


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