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 Rs6,722 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
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! (972 reviews)
"really enjoyed our room space. Just need more counter top or a table in the bathroom. The handbasin took all the existing space on the vanity:("

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2022

Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC, 3350
The price is Rs9,200 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (112 reviews)
"Great location not far from shops, new hotel with large clean rooms, undercover parking for $10 extra, has small fitness facility."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Quest Ballarat Station
The Provincial Boutique Hotel
The Provincial Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat, VIC, 3350
The price is Rs7,999 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and on-site parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (617 reviews)
"Delightful little hotel"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

The Provincial Boutique 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.
Big4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park
Big4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park
4 out of 5
56 Remembrance Drive, Cardigan, VIC, 3350
The price is Rs7,700 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly cottage in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an indoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (86 reviews)
"This ticked all the boxes for my family for a short getaway. Neat tidy cabins, indoor heated pool and spa, play equipment to keep kids happy and occupied. There was a new shopping centre with food outlets and supermarket just down the road which was an added bonus too. No downside for us, super happy ..."

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2021

Big4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park
Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC, 3350
The price is Rs9,200 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (112 reviews)
"Great location not far from shops, new hotel with large clean rooms, undercover parking for $10 extra, has small fitness facility."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Quest Ballarat Station
The Provincial Boutique Hotel
The Provincial Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat, VIC, 3350
The price is Rs7,999 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and on-site parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (617 reviews)
"Delightful little hotel"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

The Provincial Boutique 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.

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