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Ballarat Founded on the wealth of the world’s largest alluvial gold mining deposits, Ballarat is a city rich in heritage and culture that looks confidently to the future. Located just over an hour’s drive northwest of Melbourne, Ballarat is Victoria’s largest inland city with a flourishing population estimated at over 100,000 people.

Today, visitors are drawn to the region by this rich heritage, enhanced by grand architecture, spacious parks, beautiful gardens, culture, art and delicious eateries.

Gold was first discovered in Ballarat in 1851. Within a year, 20,000 ‘diggers’ had arrived from all over the world, most notably the United Kingdom, Europe and China. On December 3, 1854, Ballarat once again carved its name in Australian history with the Eureka Rebellion, Australia’s only civil uprising. It was a brief but bloody battle that saw miners take up arms against authorities in their fight for democracy and “a fair go”. The city is acknowledged as the birthplace of the Australian Spirit.

Lydiard Street, Ballarat, is recognised as one of the country’s most intact Victorian streetscapes and is a much sought after location for film and television. Ballarat has successfully managed to balance the demands for progress while preserving its heritage. Ballarat is the touring hub for the Goldfields tourist region and is also a destination on the spectacular Great Southern Touring Route. Enjoy your time in Ballarat!

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cul ture and

heritage Ballarat is brimming with a rich heritage and culture, so take the time to explore this wonderful city. her majesty’s theatre

ballaarat mechanics’ institute

Her Majesty’s Theatre, located at 17 Lydiard Street South, opened in 1875 and is one of the country’s most historic theatres. Performances throughout the year feature the best of nationally-touring professional and local amateur performances. Enjoy everything from theatre to comedy to opera.

The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (BMI) is home to the Max Harris Photography Collection, vintage books, historic newspaper collections and modern publications. BMI also offers a rotating calendar of events which includes art exhibitions, live performances and workshops.

Art Gallery of Ballarat

ballarat heritage walking tours

Join a tour at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, home to Australia’s largest and oldest regional public art collection. Housing significant collections of Australian art, the gallery includes a stunning array of works including pieces by members of the Heidelberg School. Situated on 40 Lydiard Street North, the gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm and general entry is free.

Ballarat is steeped in a rich and fascinating history which is reflected in its stunning architecture. Take a walking tour along one of these heritage trails: 1. Ballarat’s Historic Streetscapes 2. Ballarat’s Historic Statues and 3. Ballarat Revealed. For a guided walking tour of Ballarat, visit or call 1300 961 153.

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see & DO Ballarat is steeped in a rich gold history and offers a wealth of attractions for all to enjoy. Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) Located on the historic site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade and with the iconic Eureka Flag as its centrepiece, this award winning attraction appeals to all ages. M.A.D.E uses innovative digital immersion and physical artefacts to engage visitors to explore the evolution and future of democracy. In addition to the permanent displays, M.A.D.E offers a diverse temporary exhibition program and exciting calendar of events. For visitors seeking refreshments, Saltbush Kitchen onsite offers a quality menu sourced from fresh local produce. For more information on M.A.D.E, visit

gold museum For further insights into the impact of the gold rushes, check out the feature exhibition ‘Ballarat: Inspired by Gold’ at the Gold Museum located on Bradshaw Street, Golden Point. Discover the beauty and power of gold as you view an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and coins. The museum also offers an award winning gift shop featuring gold nuggets, jewellery and fine giftware. The museum is open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm except for Christmas Day with last entry at 5.20pm. During daylight savings, the museum is open until 6pm.

kryal castle At Kryal Castle, step into a Medieval world of high energy jousting shows, re-enactments, cultural shows, Medieval feasts and Murder Mystery Nights. Situated at 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek, this is a Medieval adventure for the whole family.

ballarat wildlife park Get up close and personal to many indigenous animals including koalas, wombats, kangaroos, emus, brolgas, Tasmanian devils, snakes and crocodiles at the award winning Ballarat Wildlife Park. Situated at 250 Fussell Street, Ballarat East, the park is open daily from 9am to 5pm except for Christmas Day. Guided tours commence at 11am.

ballarat botanical gardens The Ballarat Botanical Gardens, nestled amongst a sprawling 40 hectares, boasts a variety of flora and is noted for being one of the oldest gardens in Australia. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens or check out the Adam Lindsay Gordon Craft Cottage for beautiful jewellry and ceramics. The gardens play host to the Ballarat Begonia Festival on Labour Day weekend every year.

regional lakes Located near the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Lake Wendouree is a mecca for holiday activities. Visitors can enjoy aquatic adventures such as canoeing, rowing and sailing around the lake as well as birdwatching. The 6km track that surrounds this picturesque setting is very popular among walkers, joggers and cyclists. If you’re keen on picnicking, barbeque and picnic facilities are available. Alternatively, try one of the

eateries available lakeside. In the surrounding Ballarat region, Lake Esmond is also a destination worth visiting for walking and picnicking. For those keen on boating, waterskiing or fishing, Lake Burrumbeet and Lake Learmonth offer the perfect conditions.

BALLARAT-SKIPTON trail The Ballarat-Skipton Trail is a 53km track that winds along the old Ballarat-Skipton line. Meandering through townships, farms and hinterland, walkers and cyclists can acquaint themselves with the region in a wholly unique way. For more information and trail maps, visit

explore sovereign hill A visit to Ballarat wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Sovereign Hill. Soak up the heritage of the region at this awe-inspiring attraction. Pan for gold, ride the Cobb & Co Coach and discover colonial buildings at the world famous Sovereign Hill. Replicating the 1850s Ballarat Goldfields, this open-air museum brings the Eureka story to life in the sound and light show ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’. Likewise, the multi-sensory experience of ‘Trapped!’ tells the powerful story of the 1882 disaster in the New Australasian No.2 Mine at Creswick. Sovereign Hill is an experience not to be missed! Located on Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, this unique attraction is open daily from 10am to 5pm except for Christmas Day. Hours are extended to 5.30pm during daylight savings. For more information, contact the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre on 1800 446 633 or visit

food and

dining out Renowned for its gold history, Ballarat now attracts visitors to the region for its diverse range of local produce and game. With access to such fine ingredients, chefs are dishing up a variety of delectable cuisines including Italian, Thai, Japanese and contemporary Australian. The Ballarat region is also gaining a solid reputation for producing cool-climate wines, offering smooth Chardonnays and elegant Pinot Noirs. There’s a range of great wineries in the area as well as the renowned Pyreness wine region located close by. Be sure to check out some cellar doors during your stay. For a winery tour map for Ballarat, visit

dining out Ballaarat Yacht Club Wendouree Parade • Ph: 5331 2208 Inexterior Cafe 401 Mair Street • Ph: 5331 2220 Golden Crown Chinese Restaurant 101-105 Main Road • Ph: 5332 2169

Harry Limes Restaurant 5A Doveton Street North • Ph: 5331 2044 Irish Murphy’s Ballarat 36 Sturt Street • Ph: 5331 4091 Japanese Restaurant Kambei 501 Main Road • Ph: 5331 1468 Mitchell Harris Wine Bar 38 Doveton Street North • Ph: 5331 8931 Saltbush Kitchen (M.A.D.E) 102 Stawell Street South • Ph: 0404 738 628 Sebastopol Bowling Club Bistro 213-219 Albert Street • Ph: 5335 8839 The Forge Pizzeria 14 Armstrong Street North • Ph: 5337 6635 The Lakeview Hotel 22 Wendouree Parade • Ph: 5331 4592 Tokyo Grill House 37 Armstrong Street North • Ph: 5333 3945

Tokyo Grill House is a Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant which has been serving the local community for over 25 years. NOW RELOCATED TO

37 Armstrong St North, Ballarat

PHONE: 5333 3945

Open for Lunch & Dinner 7 Days NOT only Teppanyaki, we also serve traditional Japanese food


calendar january


• Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships

• Ballarat Winterlude (Jun-Jul)

• Ballarat Beer Festival • Organs of the Goldfields

FEBRUARY • Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival • Ballarat Swap Meet

MARCH • Ballarat Begonia Festival • Harmony Fest, Ballarat


• Potato Festival, Ballarat

JULY • Royal South Street Eisteddfod • Salumi & Charcuterie Festival, Ballarat

october • Ballarat Cabaret Festival • Ballarat Wine Show, Ballarat • Run Ballarat • Timeline Festival, Ballarat


• ANZAC Day Celebrations, Ballarat

• Springfest Market Weekend


• Ballarat Show

• Plate Up Ballarat, Ballarat • Clunes Booktown Festival, Clunes • Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally • Ballarat Apron Festival

• Ballarat by the Glass • Ballarat Cup

december • Carols by Candlelight, Ballarat

• Ballarat Heritage Weekend

For more information on events in Ballarat, visit or call the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre on 1800 446 633.



essential services

Each Sunday The Ballarat Market Ballarat Showgrounds, Creswick Road, Ballarat Daylesford Sunday Market Daylesford Train Station Raglan Street, Daylesford


Emergency 8am-3pm

2nd Sunday Clunes Farmers Market Collins Place, Clunes



4th Sunday Avoca Riverside Market On the River Flats, Avoca


Daylesford Farmers Market Daylesford Primary School Vincent Street, Daylesford



Ballarat Hospital (Ballarat Health Services) 5320 4000

St John of God Hospital 5320 2111



5331 7155

Ballarat Essential Dental 11 Drummond Sreet South


5333 1253

Tristar Medical Group 1010A Sturt Street

5331 1959

Pharmacy Priceline Pharmacy 1010 Sturt Street


2nd & 4th Saturday Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market Wendouree Parade, Ballarat (Beside the Botanical Gardens)


10 Drummond Sreet South

3rd Saturday Creswick Market 19-21 Victoria Street, Creswick

5336 6000

Ballarat Medical Centre

2nd Saturday Ballan Farmers Market Mill Cottage 96 Inglis Street, Ballan

20 Dana Street

Drummond Street North

1st Saturday Bridge Mall Farmers Market Bridge Mall, Ballarat

Ballarat Police

Drummond Street North

LAST Sunday of the month Buninyong Village Market Buninyong Town Hall, Buninyong


Non-Emergency Police

3rd Sunday Talbot Farmers Market Scandinavian Crescent, Talbot

Police, Fire and Ambulance

5331 1271

Transport Ballarat Taxi Co-operative Ltd Ballarat Bus



around Getting around Ballarat is simple as the city is well signposted. Ballarat’s CBD, built around a well planned grid, is easy to navigate and offers ample parking if you’re driving. Local bus services run from Sturt Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, to most of Ballarat’s attractions. For more information on bus routes and timetables, call the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre on 1800 446 633. Alternatively, you check out bus timetables on ballarat.

For bus routes and timetables, visit

FREE WIFI To find free wifi hotspots in Ballarat, visit

Banks & ATMs A number of major banks & ATMs are located in Sturt Street.

tesla supercharger bay Located at Gillies Street North, Wendouree

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