There is so much to be discovered in the historic city of Ballarat, which offers the serenity of a country town with the convenience of only being 1.5 hours away from Melbourne. Here are just some of the charming aspects of our beautiful location.
Ballarat is a UNESCO Creative City of Craft and Folk Art. The Art Gallery of Ballarat is not just Australia’s oldest regional gallery but one of its most exciting. Located in the heart of Ballarat’s central heritage precinct, the Gallery boasts a stunning collection of Australian art. Other attractions include The National Centre for Photography, Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Centre for Rare Arts & Forgotten Trades, and so much more.
With a rich history of Australian and Indigenous culture and a bold claim to gold rush fame, Ballarat is set against an iconic heritage backdrop. Discover the grand architectural links to Ballarat’s dramatic past by wandering through its historic streetscape. Unravel the fortunes lavished upon the buildings in Lydiard Street, enjoy the melding of architecture in Camp Street and soak in the history of Sturt Street.
Strolling along the streets and laneways of Ballarat, you will be spoilt for choice with great bakeries, cafes and restaurants. Our community of passionate producers have a strong conviction around delivering menus that are locally sourced, making our food and drink some of the best regional produce you’ll ever taste.