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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.

Mid City Ballarat
Mid City Ballarat
4 out of 5
19 Doveton St North, Ballarat, VIC
The price is AU$149 per night from 25 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Located in the heart of Ballarat, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of St John of God Hospital Ballarat and Ballarat Base Hospital. Gold Museum and Eureka ...
4/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
"Convient location, getting old but very well maintained and presented. Polite and helpful staff"

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2021

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Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC
The price is AU$161 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Located in Soldiers Hill, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Art Gallery of Ballarat and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Sovereign Hill. Ballarat Town Hall ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2021

Quest Ballarat Station
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites
4 out of 5
525 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
The price is AU$161 per night from 20 Aug. to 20 Aug.
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! (951 reviews)
"We had a fantastic stay in Ballarat and really enjoyed our rooms. Our towels were removed for cleaning even though we hung them so our only feedback would be to review this from an environmental perspective. The hotel is walking distance to Sovereign Hill and a really fantastic local cafe. We loved ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites
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.
Ballarat Colonial Motor Inn & Apartments
Ballarat Colonial Motor Inn & Apartments
3 out of 5
9379 Western Highway, Ballarat, Warrenheip, VIC
The price is AU$122 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
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! (932 reviews)
"Friendly staff and prompt communication. Cleanliness could be better."

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Ballarat Colonial Motor Inn & Apartments
Big4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park
Big4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park
4 out of 5
56 Remembrance Drive, Cardigan, VIC
The price is AU$141 per night from 30 Jul. to 30 Jul.
This family-friendly Ballarat cottage is located in the shopping district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Mullawallah Wetlands Nature Conservation Reserve, Ballarat Golf ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (83 reviews)
"Place was nice and inviting. Staff were nice 2.00 check in, room wasn’t ready till almost 4.30 Waiting at the gate with a confused and irritated 6 year old got our stay off to a negative start The cabin we stayed in was not level so our the bed was on an angle, feet higher than our heads. Yes I had ..."

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2021

Big4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park
Ballarat Station Apartments
Ballarat Station Apartments
3 out of 5
225 Lydiard Street North, Soldiers Hill, VIC
The price is AU$129 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Located in Soldiers Hill, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Art Gallery of Ballarat and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Sovereign Hill. Ballarat Town Hall ...
4.2/5Very Good! (101 reviews)
"The property was old and I has touch pad entry. The owner was very helpful to resolve the issue. When the matter was fixed it was good not to have to worry about keys. The positives are a very short walk from the trains, buses and CBD. Although it such a short walk it is quiet place to return to ..."

Reviewed on 21 May 2021

Ballarat Station 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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