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

Main Lead Ballarat Motel
Main Lead Ballarat Motel
2.5 out of 5
312 Main Road Vi 3350, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC, 3350
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$122 per night from 2 Aug. to 3 Aug.
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 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (605 reviews)
"So close to Sovereign Hill and perfect for a night to be close to the beautiful city of Ballarat. Staff were friendly and the room was spacious enough for all 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 teen kids. Very basic but clean, big and warm. Beds had electric blankets. Bathroom setup was good in that shower ..."

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2022

Main Lead Ballarat Motel
Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC, 3350
The price is AU$184 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
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! (115 reviews)
"Enjoyed the clean and modern 2 bedroom apartment which was self contained. Near to many amentities and meal options."

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2022

Quest Ballarat Station
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 AU$142 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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! (983 reviews)
"Nice place to stay"

Reviewed on 21 May 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
The price is AU$92 per night from 31 Jul. to 1 Aug.
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 Excellent! (467 reviews)
"Good property a lot bigger than I was expecting just the locking off the door was pretty tricky and the windows could do with a clean but overall good place"

Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2022

Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC, 3350
The price is AU$184 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
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! (115 reviews)
"Enjoyed the clean and modern 2 bedroom apartment which was self contained. Near to many amentities and meal options."

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 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 AU$160 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
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! (624 reviews)
"Great facilities & fantastic room"

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 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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