Stay a while

It’s pretty safe to say that Ballarat is the only part of Australia where accommodation options range from a caravan to a castle. There are several choices on the caravan front, but only one Kryal Castle, where it makes sense that you have the choice of a king or queen size bed. Sovereign Hill is another unlikely place to stay – the rooms at Comfort Inn are super comfy and, from the outside, look as if they were built during the gold rush.

Between these two extremes, Ballarat and surrounds has more than its fair share of places to stay. There’s the very swish, and very old, Craig’s Royal Hotel as well as award-winning motels, B&Bs and apartments scattered around town and in the surrounding regions.