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Food itinerary

The culinary world is sitting up and paying attention to Ballarat courtesy of its booming food scene.


2-day Itinerary


Total distance: 125 km

Fitness level : easy

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  • 1

    Webster’s Market and Cafe

  • 2

    Made of Ballarat workshop

  • 3

    Moon and Mountain

  • 4

    Black Cat Cottage and Truffles

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    The Provincial Hotel

  • DAY 2
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    The Provincial Hotel

  • 8

    Local farmers' markets

  • 9

    The Pub With Two Names

  • 10

    Tuki Trout Farm and Tuki Retreat

  • 11

    Mr Jones

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    Day 1

    Breakfast at Webster's Market and Cafe

    All-day brunch? Yes please!

    Webster's is a gourmet cafe and specialty food store serving fresh local produce along with specialty coffee and teas.

    The tree-lined streetscape allows you to enjoy all the seasons Ballarat has to offer.


    61 Webster Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    MON: 7am - 5pm
    TUE: 7am - 5pm
    WED: 7am - 5pm
    THU: 7am - 5pm
    FRI: 7am - 5pm
    SAT: 8am - 4pm
    SUN: 8am - 4pm

    Day 1

    Made of Ballarat workshop

    Pick up hints from the experts, learn new skills, watch the makers in action and even try your own hand at a Made of Ballarat workshop.

    Up the ante on your Ballarat foodie experience by delving into the world of backyard beekeeping, learning about the art of distilling, or harvesting and cooking delicious fresh food from scratch at a working farm.



    Day 1

    Lunch 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 1

    Black Cat Truffles

    The Central Highlands region is ideal for growing truffles with its cold winters and frosts plus nice warm summers – all requirements to kick off the fruiting bodies and maturation process in the truffle.

    Andres and Lynette Haas’ 1000-tree truffiere features half English Oak and half Holly Oak in alternating rows, along with 50 trees inoculated with Summer Black Truffle just for variety.


    150 Howards Road, Wattle Flat VIC 3352Get directions


    Day 1

    Dinner at Underbar

    Pronounced "oon-de-bar", Underbar is a hatted Ballarat dining experience like no other.

    Derek Boath (formerly of New York's three-Michelin star restaurant per se) serves up a chef's tasting table inspired by the season and surrounds. Only 12 people can dine at any one time, with seats sold out weeks in advance.


    3 Doveton St Nth, BallaratGet directions

    Open Friday and Saturday evenings:

    Day 1

    Stay at The Provincial Hotel

    Stunning playful fabrics, bespoke upholstered furniture and a mix of contemporary and classic artworks are at the heart of The Provincial Hotel.

    Australian TV host and Ballarat local Gorgi Coghlan, her husband Simon and hospitality guru Drew Harry are the creative trio behind the boutique hotel.   


    121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions


    Day 2

    Breakfast at Lola

    The Provincial Hotel's in-house restaurant pays tribute to the spirit and playfulness of Ballarat gold rush figure Lola Montez.

    Lola offers stylish, European-inspired dining, beautifully shaped each season by the region’s best locally sourced produce.


    121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions


    Day 2

    Local farmers' markets

    To market, to market to buy direct from the region's farmers, bakers, growers and makers. 



    Day 2

    Lunch at The Pub With Two Names

    Art and food combine at The Pub With Two Names, a unique collaboration between renowned Australian artists David and Yuge Bromley and Ballarat hospitality gurus Donatello Pietrantuono and Iain Gunn.

    The historic bluestone building has been transformed into a modern dining experience that delights all of the senses in a very Bromley-esque way.


    Corner of Doveton and Mair streets, BallaratGet directions

    Daily: 11.30am-11pm

    Day 2

    Tuki Trout Farm

    A traditional grazing property, Tuki Trout Farm pursues organic and sustainable principles in rearing its rainbow trout and pasture-fed beef and lamb. 

    Indulge in a pond to plate experience by hooking yourself a rainbow trout from the farm's fully stocked pond. You can then have it cooked fresh in the restaurant, or cleaned and packaged ready to take home.


    60 Stoney Rises Road, Smeaton VIC 3364Get directions


    Day 2

    Dinner at Mr Jones

    Mr Jones is career chefs Damien and Danielle Jones’s third restaurant, bringing together their combined experience from a Michelin restaurant in London to their previous hatted Ballarat restaurant, Catfish.

    The contemporary Asian restaurant has a strong focus on relaxed, fun, approachable, everyday dining.


    44 Main Rd, BallaratGet directions

    Wednesday-Saturday: from 6pm
    Friday : 12pm-2pm

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