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Couples’ weekend

Here's how to make the most of a perfect weekend escape to Ballarat.


3-day Itinerary


Total distance: km

Fitness level : easy

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    The Provincial Hotel

  • 2

    The Lost Ones Gallery and Basement Bar

  • 3

    Moon and Mountain

  • DAY 2
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    The Provincial Hotel

  • 5

    Art Gallery of Ballarat

  • 6

    Winner Winner

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    Mitchell Harris Wine Bar

  • 8

    Mr Jones

  • DAY 3
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    The Local

  • 10

    Ballarat’s Sanctuary Day Spa

  • 11

    Hop Temple

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    Day 1

    Stay at The Provincial Hotel

    The Provincial Hotel has housed a myriad of publicans and hoteliers over the decades, each enriching the hotel with greater grandeur.

    Its boutique accommodation perfectly combines the building's history and a contemporary, fresh element with beautiful fabrics, furniture and art.


    121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions


    Day 1

    Drinks at The Lost Ones Basement Bar

    A former Masonic Lodge built in the 1870s, The Lost Ones Gallery and Basement Bar is a place to find the odd, the amusing and the interesting.

    The basement bar is dedicated to fine wine and spirits, celebrating the classic while enjoying the innovative.


    14 Camp Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions

    TUE: 4pm - 11pm
    WED: 4pm - 11pm
    THU: 4pm - 11pm
    FRI: 4pm - 11pm
    SAT: 2pm - 11pm

    Day 1

    Dinner at Moon and Mountain

    This modern Asian eatery and bar with an Australian twist will have you begging for more. 

    In 2018, Moon and Mountain executive chef Liam Downes won the Golden Plate Award for best chef, with judges saying he has "all the credentials to lead the way in putting Ballarat firmly on the food map of regional Victoria". 


    220 Mair Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions


    Day 2

    Breakfast at Lola

    Lola is a beautiful eatery within The Provincial Hotel.

    Start your day with a coffee made from St Ali coffee beans and a tasty breakfast with ingredients from local producers. Think decadent French toast, chorizo and bean cassoulet or the Lola breakfast, which is everything you'd want from a big breakfast.


    121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions


    Day 2

    Art Gallery of Ballarat

    Established in 1884, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest and largest gallery in regional Australia.

    It houses major collections covering the history of Australian art from the early colonial period to the present day.


    40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 10am - 5pm

    Day 2

    Lunch at Winner Winner

    The ultimate comfort food for lunch. Winner Winner is the home of deluxe fried chicken that is sure to satisfy.


    32 Armstrong St North, Ballarat VIC 3350 Get directions


    Day 2

    Drinks at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar

    Step inside this refurbished 1870s produce store and workshop and experience the great wines and stories of Western Victoria at this industrial cool cellar door and wine bar.

    Cosy up by the fire or soak up the sun with a glass or two of wine matched with the best of the region’s produce, from bar snacks and shared plates to a full dining experience.


    38 Doveton Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions

    MON: 11am - 9pm
    TUE: 11am - 9pm
    WED: 11am - 9pm
    THU: 11am - 11pm
    FRI: 11am - 11pm
    SAT: 11am - 11pm
    SUN: 11am - 7pm

    Day 2

    Dinner at Mr Jones

    For the ultimate dinner date, head to Mr Jones.

    This restaurant is from the couple who brought you the award-winning Catfish Thai, so you know that you're in for a treat! Think contemporary Asian dishes that are ideal for sharing or a long lingering dinner.


    42-44 Main Road, Bakery Hill VIC 3350Get directions


    Day 3

    Breakfast at The Local

    Start your day off with a hearty breakfast from The Local Cafe. Focusing on local produce, you'll be treated to some of the regions best.


    313 Lydiard St Nth, Soliders Hill, Ballarat Get directions


    Day 3

    Ballarat's Sanctuary Day Spa

    Time to unwind, indulge and enjoy complete bliss.

    This purpose-built facility features six luxury treatment rooms (including two dual suites), private bathing, a floating pedicure lounge, relaxation lounge with open fireplace and The Sanctuary with sauna and heated hydrotherapy pool.


    613 Main Road, Golden Point VIC 3350Get directions

    MON: 9am - 6pm
    TUE: 9am - 6pm
    WED: 9am - 8pm
    THU: 9am - 8pm
    FRI: 9am - 8pm
    SAT: 9am - 6pm

    Day 3

    Lunch at Hop Temple

    Follow the umbrellas and festoon lighting to a hidden laneway delight.

    Hop Temple boasts more than 220 craft beer and ciders – the largest range in Victoria – and an extensive selection of wine and spirits with food to compliment.


    24-28 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions

    WED: 4pm - 11pm
    THU: 4pm - 11pm
    FRI: 4pm - 11pm
    SAT: 12pm - 11pm
    SUN: 12pm - 10pm

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