Discover a city with a strong sense of hisory and contemporary cultural influences.
Ballarat has long been defined as the city at the heart of Australia’s goldfields. And while history and heritage continue to be a major drawcard for many visitors, the city has another side to its personality. Experience diverse contemporary offerings — from cafes to culture — as you explore its streets and attractions that ooze character. Everything from the historic streetscapes to the trees, the cafes to the major attractions is full of beauty, wonder and charm. Here’s how you can spend your summer getaway in this regional city.
Ballarat’s cafe culture is a force to be reckoned with. Take up a table at Yellow Espresso and order yourself some smashed avo or matcha pancakes, or settle in to The Local and enjoy the locally sourced menu offerings with a cup of premium caffeine to boot.
Arts and Culture
Head to the Art Gallery of Ballarat — Australia’s oldest regional art gallery — and take your time as you admire the permanent collection of historic fine art, as well as the indigenous and contemporary works. After your gallery visit, explore the city’s other gallery offerings, including The Lost Ones, the
Post Office Gallery or Wyatt Art, and enjoy the contemporary offerings that adorn the walls.
Wine and Beer
Ballarat is becoming known as the craft beer capital of Australia, with breweries including Athletic Club, Red Duck Brewery and Cubby Haus, all calling this city home. Mitchell Harris Wine Bar is also a local favourite, providing guests with an awardwinning vino experience.
Discover Ballarat’s nationally renowned attractions as they take you on a journey filled with history, art, culture and imagination.
Pan for gold at the outdoor museum Sovereign Hill, watch the jousting demonstrations at Australia’s only medieval theme park Kryal Castle, get up close and personal with the native fauna at the Ballarat Wildlife Park, or learn about the infamous Eureka Rebellion at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. For more information about things to see and do in Ballarat: