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

Main Lead Ballarat Motel
Main Lead Ballarat Motel
2.5 out of 5
312 Main Road Vi 3350, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC, 3350
The price is ₹4,813 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
₹4,813
per night
20 Feb - 21 Feb
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (78 reviews)
"With more care taken on cleaning and maintenance this motel would be a gem"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2023

Main Lead Ballarat Motel
Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC, 3350
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ₹13,596 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
₹13,596
per night
8 Feb - 9 Feb
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Popular attractions Art Gallery of Ballarat and Ballarat Town Hall ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (171 reviews)
"It was comfortable stay, dryer was convenient"

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2023

Quest Ballarat Station
Sovereign Hill Hotel
Sovereign Hill Hotel
3.5 out of 5
39-41 Magpie Street, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC, 3350
The price is ₹7,967 per night from 24 Feb to 25 Feb
₹7,967
per night
24 Feb - 25 Feb
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 meeting rooms. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (509 reviews)
"Very close and quiet to where we visited"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2023

Sovereign Hill Hotel
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.
Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
3 out of 5
104 Stawell Street South, Ballarat East, VIC, 3350
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly cabin in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the convenient parking ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (502 reviews)
"Great location. Easy instruction with access for contactless checking/check out. Disappointed in the games room…nearly everything was broken. Otherwise, a pleasant stay."

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2023

Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC, 3350
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Popular attractions Art Gallery of Ballarat and Ballarat Town Hall ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (171 reviews)
"It was comfortable stay, dryer was convenient"

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2023

Quest Ballarat Station
Big4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park
Big4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park
4 out of 5
56 Remembrance Drive, Cardigan, VIC, 3350
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly cottage in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (92 reviews)
"There is so much to do, kids cant get bored.. staff were amazing and fixed our problem straight away.. we are planning our next stay there"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2022

Big4 Ballarat Windmill 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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