Here's how to make the most of a winter escape to Ballarat with that special person in your life.
Total distance: km
Fitness level : easy
Start your weekend in Ballarat the right way with a delicious and comforting breakfast.
Fika is popular among the locals, the coffee is great and the meals always hit the spot. Try the avocado on toast, eggs benedict with 12-hour slow-cooked pork belly or their hotcakes served with maple syrup, bacon and fried eggs.
Be sure to check out Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery, the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Immerse yourself in impressive art such as the stunning collection of Australian paintings, sculptures, ceramics and works on paper.
You’ll love the current exhibition, Becoming Modern: Australian women artists 1920-1950. This exhibition is a sensational celebration of Australian women artists.
Nestled in the Art Gallery of Ballarat is Kittelty's — a warm and cosy cafe which is perfect to snuggle up in and enjoy a wholesome meal.
The food is handmade daily with ingredients sourced predominantly from Ballarat and surrounds. Once you've enjoyed a soul-warming meal, we recommend sharing a sweet treat. The lemon meringue pie is scrumptious!
Now it's time for some old school romance, so lace up the skates and hit the ice for some classic fun.
The ice rink is situated next to the beautiful Ballarat Town Hall, so a romantic setting is ensured. Don't forget to book your spot as the pop-up ice rink is a Ballarat Winter Festival highlight.
Hand in hand, wander the heritage streets of Ballarat and unveil the hidden tales behind the city's laneways, buildings, streets and artworks with the Ballarat Activated ArtWalk.
Part of the Ballarat Winter Festival, simply download the app on your smartphone to see Ballarat in a whole new light.
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.
Time to unwind and enjoy a stylish night in at Ballarat Premier Apartments.
Originally built in 1901, this magnificent building has been restored into luxury self-contained suites, all within an easy walking distance to the Ballarat CBD and heritage precincts.
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.
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.
Relax in front of a fireplace and enjoy a classic pub meal.
Plus, as a part of The Mallow's annual Season of the Dark this winter, enjoy a rotating selection of the deepest and darkest beers alongside collaborations with Fed Uni, House of Malt, Grounded Pleasures and Hellbilly Coffee.
Take a short scenic drive out to Coghill's Creek and you'll discover Eastern Peake Winery.
Visit the cellar to enjoy top drops, including some of the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in the state. You'll instantly understand why Owen Latta has been awarded Australia's Young Wine Maker of the Year.
What a great way to end a romantic winter getaway in Ballarat!