With a history forged in gold, explore Ballarat's rich past with this three-day curated itinerary.
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Fitness level : easy
This Australian gold rush era grand hotel is a true icon of the Victorian period.
Having opened in 1853, it has played host to poets, princes and prime ministers over its 166-year history.
Sovereign Hill's new multi-million dollar sound and light show, AURA, lets visitors explore space, delve into the Dreamtime and re-live Australia’s most important rebellion, all while travelling under the night sky.
Featuring hundreds of stunning projections, it takes guests of all ages on an adventure as they witness the creation and discovery of the world’s most precious metal, gold.
Food and history combine at the Arch View Cafe, overlooking Ballarat's historic Arch of Victory.
Think high quality modern dishes with an emphasis on fresh and healthy ingredients sourced from the local area.
Dedicated in 2004, this national memorial features the names of more than 36,000 Australian ex-POWs etched into a 130-metre long granite wall.
It acknowledges the pain and suffering that all Prisoners of War endured during their time in captivity, commemorates the thousands of mates left behind, and acknowledges the sacrifice of families during wartime.
Opposite Sovereign Hill is the Gold Museum, an impressive glass-fronted building with commanding views of Ballarat.
Discover the beauty and power of gold as you view a valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and gold coins.
Entry to the Gold Museum is free with your Sovereign Hill ticket.
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!
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.
Craig's Royal Hotel has been a goldfields icon since Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, slept in its ornately-decorated rooms in 1867 and Dame Nellie Melba famously sang from its balcony in 1908.
Discover Ballarat's darkside with an evening of murder, mystery and mayhem.
Conducted through the heart of downtown Ballarat, this tour experience is a must for lovers of true crime and Australian history.
Just a short 10-minute drive from Ballarat is Creswick's Le Peche Gourmand, an authentic French pastry shop that strives on old fashioned methods and recipes.
The mouth-watering bread and pastries are made on premises every day using local organic ingredients sourced from within a 100-mile radius when possible.
Try your luck at finding gold in the goldfields with a gold prospecting tour. A unique experience for the history and adventure lovers, this tour will leave you wanting to shout "Eureka!".