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Feel like a getaway to Victoria’s finest? Forget the buzz of Melbourne, the history- and gold-rich city of Ballarat is where it’s at. Start by exploring the Ballarat Tramway Museum to learn about the city’s love affair with trams, then head to the Eureka Centre to watch the dramatic sound and light show ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, which depicts the famous Eureka Rebellion from the late 19th century.

If you’re keen on scenery, grab a bike and take the Ballarat to Buninyong Loop to venture around town and all the way up to Buninyong. Prefer to take your scenery sitting down? Grab a picnic and sit on the grass at Creswick Regional Park. Just watch out for those koalas!

  BALLARAT’S TOP 10

10. Her Majesty’s Theatre This stunning theatre first opened in 1875 and is the perfect place to indulge in some opera or theatre. Very posh, daahling. 5. Gold Museum Walk through the bursting exhibits filled with everything from gold coins to gold nuggets.
9. Bird World Keen on birds? Hit up this place for some exotic species and plenty of natives. 4. Ballarat Ghost Tour This may not be for everyone (i.e. scaredy cats), but it is awesome! Experience the city’s history with a side of spook.
8. Adam Lindsay Gordon Cottage Visit this cute cottage for a huge array of unique, high-quality crafts made by some of the best artisans in town. 3. Wendouree This quaint country town is simply charming. Peruse the local boutiques and have a quick bite at a café or a picnic by the lake.
7. James Egan Gallery Discover the amazing collection of artwork by this iconic Aussie artist. 2. Kryal Castle This place is perfect for a fun medieval experience in Australia! The museums, galleries, re-enactments and live shows make for great family entertainment.
6. Ballarat Aviation Museum A unique collection of fighter jets and other wartime relics, vintage aircraft from the 1920s and cool stuff from today. 1. Sovereign Hill Set on an old goldmining site, this open-air museum is a total treat. Try your hand at striking gold and stuff yourself silly at the sweet shop.
 

BALLARAT EVENTS

Check out the beautiful blooms and pick up some quality gardening tips at the famous Ballarat Begonia Festival, held every March.

The Lake Bolac Eel Festival has an odd name, but it makes for a great time! Held in March, this mammoth event hosts cultural shows by local indigenous tribes and, of course, a big tank of eels!

Being one of the most historic areas in Victoria, it’s no surprise that Ballarat hosts an annual Heritage Weekend in May.

September’s Taste Ballarat Food and Wine Expo is a fab event that shows off the awesomeness of Ballarat’s food, wine and rich culture.

WHEN TO GO

  • Ballarat experiences hot, dry summers. Expect temperatures to average around 27°C (81°F).
  • Ballarat winters are chilly and wet. Temperatures usually stick around the 6°C (43°F) mark, with some nights even heading below zero. Brrr!
  • If you want to bypass the rainiest time of the year, avoid a trip in August.
   

GETTING AROUND

  • The Davis Bus Service has over 17 routes and is one of the best ways to get around the urban areas of Ballarat.
  • Driving yourself is one of the best ways to explore, especially if you like to work to your own schedule.
  • Taxis are the best way to get home if you’re up and around during the wee hours. They can also be used for historic tours and winery hopping.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Just over 100 km northwest of Melbourne, the unique city of Ballarat provides visitors with ample reasons to head inland from the Victoria coast of Australia. Once a prosperous gold rush settlement in the mid-19th century, Ballarat was later outdone in size and economic importance by Melbourne. The city of some 90,000 people however, is of major tourist interest today, most notably for a collection of peerless heritage landmarks, monuments and gardens.

Sturt Street, the chief thoroughfare of Ballarat, is the ideal place to start a tour of the city. Home to Sturt Street Gardens and many fine Victorian Heritage Register sites, the landmark-laden boulevard is a gem. Other significant points of interest include the Avenue of Honour, Arch of Victory, Reid's Coffee Palace and open air museum at Sovereign Hill. Ballarat Botanical Gardens Reserve is by all accounts, one of the best in Australia, and offers superb views of Lake Wendouree.

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
Attractions

  • Sturt Street Gardens
  • Avenue of Honour
  • Reid's Coffee Palace
  • Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
  • Kryal Castle
  • Activities
  • Ballarat Ghost Tours
  • Lake Wendouree
  • SpringFest Market
  • Ballarat Antique Fair
  • Buninyong Farmer's Market
  • RESTAURANT & NIGHTLIFE
    Restaurants

  • Dino's on Sturt
  • Harry Limes
  • Jasmine Thai
  • Assunta's
  • Deeva
  • Nightlife
  • 21 Arms
  • The Mallow
  • The Bended Elbow
  • Haida
  • Regent Bar
  • CLIMATE

    Ballarat has a temperate climate, with four distinct seasons.

    • Summer (November to February) 8-25°C
    • Fall (March to May) 6-22°C
    • Winter (June to August) 3-11°C
    • Spring (September to October) 5-17°C

    Hotels in Ballarat

    12 hotels in Ballarat

    1 Ballarat Lodge

    4 stars
    4.5 / 5 13 reviews

    613 Main Road Map

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    2 Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments

    4 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    128 Webster Street Map

    Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments welcomes travellers to a seamless fusion of old world charm and modern comforts set centrally in the heritage-rich Ballarat, Victoria. While in this side of... More

    3 Quality Inn Heritage on Lydiard

    4 stars
    4.3 / 5 11 reviews

    15 Lydiard Street North Map

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    4 Comfort Inn & Suites City Views

    3 stars
    4.6 / 5 5 reviews

    101 Curtis Street Map

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    5 Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill

    4 stars
    4.3 / 5 4 reviews

    39 Magpie Street Map

    Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill provides comfortable accommodations in a convenient location to travellers while they are staying in the area. A short stroll away from the property is the Sovereign... More

    6 Comfort Inn Main Lead

    3 stars
    3.6 / 5 5 reviews

    312-316 Main Road Map

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    7 Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies

    4 stars
    4.4 / 5 5 reviews

    5-7 Humffray Street North Map

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    8 BEST WESTERN Bakery Hill Motel

    3 stars
    5.0 / 5 1 reviews

    1 Humfray Street Map

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    9 BEST WESTERN PLUS Ballarat Suites

    4 stars
    4.9 / 5 35 reviews

    525 Main Road Map

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    10 Quality Inn The George Hotel Ballarat

    2 stars
    4.0 / 5 1 reviews

    27 Lydiard Street North Map

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