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Ballarat
Travel Guide

Discover Victoria’s pioneering past on a gold-rush history tour and experience fantastic local dining and wildlife parks when you visit this landmark goldfields city.

Ballarat is a grand provincial city that grew out of the wealth of Victoria’s historic goldfields. Learn about Ballarat’s captivating heritage and the mesmerizing glimmer of gold that drew thousands to the area in the mid 19th century. Grand architecture, spacious parks and historic public monuments tell the story of the gold rush and the infamous Eureka Stockade that followed. With its pretty surrounding countryside and native bushland, Ballarat is also a regional highlight for farm-to-table cuisine and wildlife experiences.

Take a stroll down Ballarat’s historic main streets to see the richly decorated architecture of the mid 1800s. Admire the pretty cast-iron lace on beautifully preserved awnings and façades. Notable examples include Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Ballarat Centenary Hotel and the Ballarat Railway Station. Stop by one of the city’s cafés or take a seat at a restaurant to experience modern Australian fare. Ballarat has acclaimed regional produce, which can be purchased directly at the local farmers markets.

Discover the story of the gold rush at Sovereign Hill, an open-air museum and historical village. Pan for gold and explore the village with tour guides dressed in period clothing and check out the informative exhibits at the Gold Museum. The Blood on the Southern Cross display and the Eureka Stockade Centre and Museum of Australian Democracy tell the story of the Eureka Uprising, which took place in Ballarat in 1854.

The Art Gallery of Ballarat showcases some of Australia’s leading artists from colonial days to the present. Visit Kryal Castle to experience a medieval-themed resort and fun park. Experience a green getaway in Ballarat’s beautiful Botanical Gardens or check out Ballarat Wildlife Park to hand-feed the friendly kangaroos. Lake Wendouree is a popular spot for birdwatching and has a network of picturesque walking and cycling trails. Visit in spring for the SpringFest Market Weekend and the Ballarat Cabaret Festival.

Reach Ballarat within a 1.5-hour drive northwest from Melbourne. Regional trains and shuttle buses make the city easily accessible from Melbourne’s city center and the city’s international airport. Ballarat has a wide range of heritage hotels and vacation cottages. For a rich experience of goldfields history, be sure to visit Ballarat.

Where to stay in Ballarat

Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC
The price is £102 per night from 28 Apr to 29 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! (11 reviews)

"Quest apartments were completed in Dec 2020 so in perfect condition and great location. Beautifully appointed rooms. Only tiny negative would be that rooms not soundproof, so I could hear my neighbours chatting. Overall fantastic stay"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

Quest Ballarat Station
Barkly Motorlodge
Barkly Motorlodge
3 out of 5
43 Main Road, Bakery Hill, VIC
The price is £66 per night from 19 Apr to 20 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! (460 reviews)

"Conveniently located near shops and eateries. Food was good but breakfast to the rooms arrived earlier that ordered and got cold before consuming. Staff helpful"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021

Barkly Motorlodge
The Provincial Ballarat
The Provincial Ballarat
5 out of 5
121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat, VIC
The price is £89 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr

Situated in the business district, this luxury aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Art Gallery of Ballarat and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sovereign Hill. Ballarat Town ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (554 reviews)

"A little bit of luxury right in the heart of Ballarat."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2021

The Provincial Ballarat
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 £102 per night from 28 Apr to 29 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! (11 reviews)

"Quest apartments were completed in Dec 2020 so in perfect condition and great location. Beautifully appointed rooms. Only tiny negative would be that rooms not soundproof, so I could hear my neighbours chatting. Overall fantastic stay"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

Quest Ballarat Station
Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
3 out of 5
104 Stawell Street South, Ballarat East, VIC
The price is £55 per night from 19 Apr to 20 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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (412 reviews)

"Friendly and helpful staff. The accommodation was exactly as it was described on the website."…"

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
Ballarat Colonial Motor Inn & Apartments
Ballarat Colonial Motor Inn & Apartments
3 out of 5
9379 Western Highway, Ballarat, Warrenheip, VIC
The price is £66 per night from 15 Apr to 16 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! (916 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
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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20 Jan 2020

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.