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Craft beer itinerary

As Australia’s original beer capital, Ballarat is home to a burgeoning and passionate brewing and distilling scene.


2-day Itinerary


Total distance: 62 km

Fitness level : easy

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  • 1

    Golden City Hotel

  • 2

    Ballarat Home Brew Centre

  • 3

    Hop Temple

  • 4

    Red Duck Beer and Kilderkin Distillery

  • 5

    The Mallow Hotel

  • 6

    The George Hotel Ballarat

  • DAY 2
  • 7

    Oscar’s Hotel and Cafe Bar

  • 8

    Cafe Sidra / 321 Cider

  • 9

    Cubby Haus Brewing – Brewery and Bar

  • 10

    Dollar Bill Brewing

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    Day 1

    Breakfast at the Golden City Hotel

    Built in 1856, the Golden City Hotel offers an exceptional range of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.


    427 Sturt Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    MON: 8am - 9pm
    TUE: 8am - 9pm
    WED: 8am - 9pm
    THU: 8am - 9pm
    FRI: 8am - 11pm
    SAT: 8am - 11pm
    SUN: 8am - 9pm

    Day 1

    Ballarat Home Brew Centre

    Ballarat Home Brew Centre understands the passion of home brewers and its philosophy is simple – provide the best quality products, service and advice to a dedicated and growing community of people committed to the ancient craft of brewing.


    1/314 Ripon St Sth, BallaratGet directions

    Weekdays: 9am-5.30pm
    Saturday: 9am-1pm

    Day 1

    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

    Day 1

    Red Duck Beer and Kilderkin Distillery

    It's a two-for-one deal here, with both Red Duck Beer and Kilderkin Distillery calling this stop home.

    Red Duck is a small, independent brewer, dedicated to making beer that is good for you using all natural brewing processes and ingredients.

    Meanwhile, Kilderkin is the first distillery in the Ballarat region since the 1930s, with a focus on the very best premium gin and whisky.


    11A Michaels Dr, AlfredtonGet directions

    Daily: 12pm - 5pm

    Day 1

    Dinner at The Mallow Hotel

    An intimate and friendly local pub, The Mallow serves up Ballarat's largest range of independent craft beers on tap (as well as classic Melbourne Bitter) and a wine list full of tasty local drops.

    It is renowned for quality dining options, including classic pub dishes and a constantly-changing specials board.


    20 Skipton Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions

    WED: 4pm - 11pm
    THU: 4pm - 11pm
    FRI: 12pm - 1am
    SAT: 12pm - 1am
    SUN: 12pm - 11pm

    Day 1

    Stay at The George Hotel

    The George Hotel offers luxury, serviced accommodation in a traditional hotel atmosphere.

    Self-contained accommodation is also available on the hotel's second storey, with access to the balcony area overlooking historic Lydiard St.


    27 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions


    Day 2

    Breakfast at Oscar's Hotel

    Start day two of your craft beer trail with the Oscar's Breakfast — your choice of eggs with slow roasted Yendon tomato, English pork sausage, bacon, hash browns and field mushrooms on sourdough. 

    Once known as the Criterion Hotel, Oscar's has been a Ballarat fixture since the gold rush days.


    18 Doveton South Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions


    Day 2

    Lunch at Cafe Sidra

    At the heart of Cafe Sidra is top local cider and wine, great food plus a relaxed ambience.

    It also serves as a cellar door for 321 Cider, which is traditionally made using cider apples grown chemical-free at Learmonth's Spring Vale Farm.


    321 High St, LearmonthGet directions

    Thursday to Sunday: 10am-4pm

    Day 2

    Cubby Haus Brewing

    Cubby Haus Brewing’s aim is to create small batch classic styles as well as contemporary interpretations.

    From a 500-litre brew house and three fermenters, it produces six core beers and an ever-expanding list of seasonals based on traditional styles from around the world.


    884 Humffray Street South, Mount Pleasant VIC 3350Get directions

    FRI: 12pm - 6pm
    SAT: 12pm - 8pm
    SUN: 12pm - 6pm
    WED: 12pm - 5pm
    THU: 12pm - 5pm

    Day 2

    Dollar Bill Brewing

    Dollar Bill Brewing is a Ballarat-based brewing and blending company which sources fresh pressed fruit, honey and wort from local producers to ferment and age in French oak barrels.

    These barrels are then blended to create Belgian-inspired ales, ciders, mead and barrel-aged beers.


    166 Millers Rd, InvermayGet directions

    Ballarat Craft Beer Trail Map

    Click here to download the Ballarat Craft Beer Trail Map PDF.

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