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Ballarat showing night scenes and heritage architecture

Home to the famous Eureka Stockade, this historic gold rush city has fascinating museums, fresh local produce, wildlife parks and a tribute to Australian democracy.

Visit Ballarat to experience the story of Victoria’s historic goldfields and see where the famous Eureka Stockade miners’ revolt took place. The city’s history as a gold rush town is woven into its architecture, museums, parks and public monuments. Go to Lake Wendouree, Victoria Park and nearby wildlife parks to see some of Australia’s fascinating native animals.

Explore historic downtown Ballarat and take a stroll down the wide streets. See lavish buildings from the mid-19th century gold rush era, complete with cast-iron lace verandas and ornate façades. Highlights include the Ballarat Railway Station, the Ballarat Centenary Hotel and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

The open-air museum at Sovereign Hill recreates a historic gold mining village. You can speak with informative tour guides in period dress and pan for gold. Admission to Sovereign Hill includes entry to the Gold Museum and the sound-and-light show, Blood on the Southern Cross. Learn about the Eureka Stockade and its historical significance at the Museum of Australian Democracy, located on the site where the miners’ rally against licence fees took place in 1854.

Some of Australia’s finest artwork, from colonial to contemporary, is on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. For a trip back to medieval times, head to Kryal Castle, a theme park and resort.

At Ballarat Wildlife Park, hand feed kangaroos or see native waterfowl come in to roost at Lake Wendouree. Stroll or cycle along the lake’s trails or visit the sprawling Botanical Gardens.

Take advantage of Ballarat’s great dining scene, with casual cafés, upscale restaurants and a string of local wineries and breweries. Sample regional produce in local restaurants or purchase direct from the city’s fresh produce markets.

Ballarat is accessible by regional train or shuttle bus from Melbourne International Airport at Tullamarine. Melbourne city is a 1.5-hour drive from Ballarat. Visit during one of the city’s exciting festivals, such as the Ballarat Cabaret Festival or the SpringFest Market Weekend.

Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC
The price is Rs12,235 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Soldiers Hill, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Art Gallery of Ballarat and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Sovereign Hill. Ballarat Town Hall ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"Very new and clean. Had a nice quiet corner room on the 4th floor with a good view."

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2021

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Barkly Motorlodge
Barkly Motorlodge
3 out of 5
43 Main Road, Bakery Hill, VIC
The price is Rs6,222 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Bakery Hill, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ballarat Town Hall and Sovereign Hill. Art Gallery of Ballarat and St Patrick's Cathedral are also ...
4/5Very Good! (463 reviews)
"Pleasant"

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Barkly Motorlodge
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites
4 out of 5
525 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
The price is Rs8,889 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
Located in Golden Point (Ballarat), this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond Botanical Garden and Lake Esmond are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (937 reviews)
"Great customer service. Room extremely clean. Walking distance to Sovereign Hill."

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2021

Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC
The price is Rs12,235 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Soldiers Hill, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Art Gallery of Ballarat and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Sovereign Hill. Ballarat Town Hall ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"Very new and clean. Had a nice quiet corner room on the 4th floor with a good view."

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2021

Quest Ballarat Station
Ballarat Colonial Motor Inn & Apartments
Ballarat Colonial Motor Inn & Apartments
3 out of 5
9379 Western Highway, Ballarat, Warrenheip, VIC
The price is Rs6,358 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Located in Warrenheip, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Mount Warrenheip Flora Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sovereign Hill and Eureka Aquatic ...
3.9/5Good! (917 reviews)
"Great place to stay. Friendly staff. Great room with everything we needed. We stayed 1 night in a 2 bedroom apartment. It was clean and comfortable. We used the on-site indoor pool and that was excellent."

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2021

Ballarat Colonial Motor Inn & Apartments
Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
3 out of 5
104 Stawell Street South, Ballarat East, VIC
The price is Rs5,751 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
This family-friendly Ballarat cabin is located in the historical district, just steps away from Eureka Hall and Eureka Aquatic Center. Sovereign Hill is 1.9 ...
Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Interesting city, and probably one I wouldn’t rush back to.

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16 Mar 2019

Good selection of shops and restaurants near to hotel. The Botanic Gardens were superb.