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Victoria's largest inland city, Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events, food, brews and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop.

Culinary promises

With its renowned wineries and exciting restaurant scene, Ballarat is a well-established regional foodie destination. Recharge and refuel after a day on the trail at one of the town's popular eateries, breweries or cafes. Sip local varietals at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar, sample craft beer at Hop Temple or book a table at Catfish, hatted by the Good Food Guide.

Golden dreams

Explore the legacy of the gold rush, still evident in the magnificent architecture and tree-lined streets of the town today. Admire the city's Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens and statues by following one of the visitor information centre's self-guided heritage walks.

Blood on the tracks

Pan for gold and watch the hustle and bustle of an 1850s gold mining settlement at Sovereign Hill. Don't miss the dramatic Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show, recreating the story of the Eureka Rebellion.

Out and about

Spend a day enjoying the fantastic collection of Australian art at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia's oldest and largest regional gallery. Catch a show at Her Majesty's Theatre, originally opened in 1875, and wander through specialty shops stocked with boutique clothing, books, homewares and crafts. Meet native wildlife on a leisurely stroll in a natural bush settling at Ballarat Wildlife Park.

Free wi-fi

Get free wi-fi at Queen Victoria Square, opposite the Ballarat Town Hall, on Sturt Street.

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Art galleries

Post Office Gallery - Ballarat

The Post Office Gallery is a vibrant, evolving centre for the creation and presentation of contemporary art. The Post Office Gallery is committed to...

Live music

Karova Lounge

Karova Lounge is a well renown live music venue for local and international acts, bringing touring acts to the Ballarat area for over 10 years....

Family

Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum

The Ballarat Observatory is one of the oldest observatories in regional Australia, with one of the best collections of 18th to 21st century...

Art galleries

The Lost Ones Gallery and Basement Bar

The Lost Ones is a contemporary art gallery and bar in the heart of heritage Ballarat. Housed in an 1870s-era Masonic temple, the Lost Ones hosts...

Lakes & waterways

Lake Wendouree

Join visitors and locals alike for lakeside activities and water sports at this ever-popular recreational spot. Arrive there by historic tram!

Shopping

The Crafty Squirrel

Squirrel away designer pieces, vintage treasures, cute craft, gorgeous haberdashery and gifts collected from around the world at this shop and studio.

Museums

Ballarat Tramway Museum

Travel back in time with the Ballarat Tramway Museum. Ride in one of the 100 year old trams which provided Ballarat's public transport until 1971....

Restaurants

Greenside Bistro - The Ballarat Golf Club

The Ballarat Golf Club's award winning Greenside Bistro boasts floor to ceiling views across the manicured golf course. The menu has something for...

Parks & gardens

Buninyong Botanic Garden

Stroll among the trees and shrubs, picnic by the lake and admire the historic courthouse and Queen Victoria rotunda in these serenely beautiful gardens.

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Sovereign Hill Gold Rush Full Day Tour

Step back into the Victorian gold rush era. Visit the historic town of Ballarat and the period town...

Ballarat Ghost Tours

Come and explore Ballarat's Haunted past in this entertaining walking tour hosted by Eerie Tours, a...

Ballarat Heritage Tours

Ballarat Heritage Tours invites you to 'discover the city built by Gold' on a fully guided walking...

Ballarat Old Cemetery Night Tours

Come and explore Ballarat's City of the Dead after dark in this creepy and entertaining tour...

Great Ocean Road, Grampians & Ballarat Tour

Cole's Coaches can tailor a tour to suit your needs. A two day tour, seeing the very best of...

Ballarat Tour

Choose from two options on this Ballarat tour. Option One explores The Gold Trail. Visit the famous...

Ballarat Discovery Tours

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours conducts wildlife/nature and heritage tours of Ballarat. The Ballarat...

Great Southern Touring Route by Auswalk

Experience the very best the compact state of Victoria has to offer, with Auswalk Walking Holidays....

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