Ballarat

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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.

Where to stay in Ballarat

Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
4 out of 5
613 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC, 3350
The price is ₹7,428 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (990 reviews)
"Great location, clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2022

The Provincial Boutique Hotel
The Provincial Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat, VIC, 3350
The price is ₹7,629 per night from 16 Oct to 17 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (656 reviews)
"Excellent customer service Delicious cooked breakfast Clean room Opposite train station Walking distance to shops/ restaurants"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2022

Lake Inn Ballarat
Lake Inn Ballarat
4.5 out of 5
1317 Mair Street, Ballarat, VIC, 3350
The price is ₹8,776 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct
Stay at this 4.5-star business-friendly motel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (596 reviews)
"Lovely accommodation, clean & all the basics you would need. Convenient location, short drive to everything & good off street parking. Easy checking in and out process."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022

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.
Seymours on Lydiard
Seymours on Lydiard
4 out of 5
210 Seymour Street, Soldiers Hill, VIC, 3350
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the family amenities in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (430 reviews)
"Well maintained Property , very spacious and had lot of useful cooking utensils . Very good place to stay when you travelling with group of friends . Best thing is you have nice pub just opposite to the property ( North star hotel). Loved it !!!"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2022

The Provincial Boutique Hotel
The Provincial Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat, VIC, 3350
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (656 reviews)
"Excellent customer service Delicious cooked breakfast Clean room Opposite train station Walking distance to shops/ restaurants"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2022

Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC, 3350
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Popular attractions Art Gallery of Ballarat and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (142 reviews)
"Beautiful new hotel, short walk into the centre of town. Excellent base for a family"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2022

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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