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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.

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Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites
4 out of 5
525 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
The price is AU$153 per night from 27 Nov. to 28 Nov.

Located in Golden Point (Ballarat), this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond Botanical Garden and Lake Esmond are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (939 reviews)

"This is not the first time I’ve stayed at the property and it probably won’t be the last. However house keeping should maybe remember to knock before entering a room especially before the 10am check out deadline because it is very embarrassing when you walk out from a shower and a house keeper is ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2020

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Craig's Royal Hotel
Craig's Royal Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, VIC
The price is AU$280 per night from 22 Nov. to 23 Nov.

Situated in Ballarat, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ballarat Town Hall and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Sovereign Hill. Art Gallery of Ballarat and St Patrick's Cathedral ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (281 reviews)
Comfort Plus

"Amazing. Just what we need dealing with all the stress of COVID-19!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2020

Craig's Royal Hotel
The Provincial Ballarat
The Provincial Ballarat
5 out of 5
121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat, VIC
The price is AU$160 per night from 22 Nov. to 23 Nov.

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! (531 reviews)

"Tastefully renovated historic building, lovely clean rooms, and great restaurant attached."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2020

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5/5 - Excellent

JohnGoodwin92

18 Mar. 2020

The staff at the hotel were brilliant ! Gave me a free room upgrade too!

3/5 - Okay

Sam

10 Feb. 2020

Ballarat is lovely to visit just be a where to bring change for parking fees everywhere

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Feb. 2020

Nice, we went for a rock and roll festival and had a nice time

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Jan. 2020

a great mix of old and new

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan. 2020

An excellent choice of cafes and restaurants.The Goldfields Music Festival was our main reason for the visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Jan. 2020

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