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History & gold weekend

With a history forged in gold, explore Ballarat's rich past with this three-day curated itinerary.

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3-day Itinerary

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DAY 1
  • 1

    Craig’s Royal Hotel Ballarat

  • 2

    AURA

  • DAY 2
  • 3

    Arch View Cafe

  • 4

    Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial

  • 5

    Gold Museum

  • 6

    Kittelty’s at the Gallery

  • 7

    Art Gallery of Ballarat

  • 8

    Eureka Centre

  • 9

    Craig’s Royal Hotel Ballarat

  • 10

    Bloody Ballarat Tour

  • DAY 3
  • 11

    Le Peche Gourmand

  • 12

    Gold and Relics Gold Prospecting Adventure Tours

  • 1

    Day 1

    Stay at Craig's Royal Hotel

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    2

    Day 1

    AURA

    Sovereign Hill's new multi-million dollar show 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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Bradshaw Street, Golden Point VIC 3350Get directions

    3

    Day 2

    Breakfast at the Arch View Cafe

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    1728 Sturt Street, Alfredton VIC 3350Get directions

    MON: 7am - 3pm
    TUE: 7am - 3pm
    WED: 7am - 3pm
    THU: 7am - 3pm
    FRI: 7am - 3pm
    SAT: 7am - 3pm
    SUN: 8am - 3pm
    4

    Day 2

    Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Corner Wendouree Parade and Carlton Street, Lake Wendouree VIC 3350Get directions

    5

    Day 2

    Gold Museum

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 9am - 5pm
    6

    Day 2

    Lunch at Kittelty's

    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!

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 10am - 4pm
    7

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 10am - 5pm
    8

    Day 2

    Eureka Centre

    A visit to Ballarat isn't complete without seeing the historic Eureka flag, housed at the Eureka Centre on the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    102 Stawell Street South, Eureka VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 10am - 5pm
    9

    Day 2

    Dinner and accommodation at Craig's Royal Hotel

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    10

    Day 2

    Bloody Ballarat Tour

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Friday and Saturday: 8pm (9pm daylight savings)
    11

    Day 3

    Le Peche Gourmand

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    69 Albert Street, Creswick VIC 3363Get directions

    TUE: 7am - 4pm
    WED: 7am - 4pm
    THU: 7am - 4pm
    FRI: 7am - 4pm
    SAT: 7am - 4pm
    SUN: 9am - 2pm
    12

    Day 3

    Gold Prospecting Tour

    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!".

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    41 Albert Street, Creswick VIC 3363Get directions

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