Ballarat

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Ballarat featuring heritage architecture and night scenes
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

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 CA $83 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
CA $83
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an indoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4/5 Very Good! (57 reviews)
"Cutlery would be nice - no plates or knives and forks."

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2022

Main Lead Ballarat Motel
Mid City Ballarat
Mid City Ballarat
4 out of 5
19 Doveton St North, Ballarat, VIC, 3350
The price is CA $113 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
CA $113
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly motel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Clean and nice size rooms. Lack of onsite parking ."

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2022

Mid City 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 CA $136 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
CA $136
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
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 our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (990 reviews)
"It was all good. Perfect. I hope they’re pet friendly. ☺️"

Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2022

Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
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 Very Good! (493 reviews)
Great place to stay
"Good location and relatively silent."

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2022

Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
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 onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (662 reviews)
"The bedroom was so lovely and so well decorated. It had everything that I wanted. The staff couldn't have been nicer. The restaurant was spectacular."

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2022

The Provincial Boutique Hotel
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! (440 reviews)
"Very large room, clean with kitchenette"

Reviewed on Nov. 13, 2022

Seymours on Lydiard
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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