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Ballarat showing night scenes and heritage architecture

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.

Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies
Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies
4 out of 5
The price is HK$512 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Located in Bakery Hill, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Art Gallery of Ballarat and Ballarat Town Hall. St Patrick's Cathedral and St John of God Hospital ...
4.3/5Excellent! (245 reviews)

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2021

Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites
4 out of 5
525 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
The price is HK$814 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
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! (963 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
Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
The price is HK$828 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Soldiers Hill, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Art Gallery of Ballarat and Ballarat Town Hall. St Patrick's Cathedral and St ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
"This hotel is 10 out of 10. It's brand new, the 2 bedroom apartment has everything you need. Comfortable king size beds, full kitchen, TV with Netflix, YouTube etc, great showers in the 2 bathrooms very spacious and quiet. The staff are excellent, knowledgeable and polite. Would definitely stay there ..."

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2021

Quest Ballarat Station
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
The price is HK$535 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
Located in Warrenheip, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Mount Warrenheip Flora Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of Eureka Aquatic Center and Eureka ...
3.9/5Good! (938 reviews)
"Friendly staff and prompt communication. Cleanliness could be better."

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2021

Ballarat Colonial Motor Inn & Apartments
Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
The price is HK$828 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Soldiers Hill, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Art Gallery of Ballarat and Ballarat Town Hall. St Patrick's Cathedral and St ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
"This hotel is 10 out of 10. It's brand new, the 2 bedroom apartment has everything you need. Comfortable king size beds, full kitchen, TV with Netflix, YouTube etc, great showers in the 2 bathrooms very spacious and quiet. The staff are excellent, knowledgeable and polite. Would definitely stay there ..."

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2021

Quest Ballarat Station
Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
3 out of 5
The price is HK$563 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
This family-friendly Ballarat cabin is located in the historical district, just steps away from Eureka Hall and Eureka Aquatic Center. Ballarat Wildlife Park ...
4.2/5Very Good! (432 reviews)
"Great location, cosy and comfortable cabin. Lots of extra blankets, cookware, towels etc. Close to the public playground, outdoor pool, large open spaces for kids to play."

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2021

Eureka Stockade Holiday Park
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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