Bal­larat

Melbourne Official Visitor Guide - - Regional Victoria -

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.

Cafe Bril­liance

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.

Ma­jor Attractions

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:

vis­it­bal­larat.com.au

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