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History & gold itinerary

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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Total distance: 22 km

Fitness level : moderate

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DAY 1
  • 1

    Arch View Cafe

  • 2

    Arch of Victory

  • 3

    Ballarat's historic Streetscapes Walking Tour

  • 4

    Kittelty’s at the Gallery

  • 5

    Art Gallery of Ballarat

  • 6

    Craig’s Royal Hotel Ballarat

  • 7

    Bloody Ballarat Tour

  • DAY 2
  • 8

    Golden City Hotel

  • 9

    Sovereign Hill

  • 10

    Gold Museum

  • 11

    AURA

  • 12

    Craig’s Royal Hotel Ballarat

  • DAY 3
  • 13

    The Provincial Hotel

  • 14

    Ballarat's historic statues walking tour

  • 15

    Carboni’s Italian Kitchen

  • 16

    Eureka Centre

  • 1

    Day 1

    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
    2

    Day 1

    Arch of Victory, Avenue of Honour, and Garden of the Grieving Mother

    Ballarat's Avenue of Honour (1917-1919) and Arch of Victory (1920) were erected as memorials to the people of the Ballarat region who served in World War I.

    Australia's longest commemorative avenue, the Avenue of Honour consists of 3771 trees planted along 22km of the Ballarat-Burrumbeet Rd.

    The Arch of Victory marks the beginning of the Avenue of Honour and was built in just three-and-a-half months.

    The Garden of the Grieving Mother completes the iconic Arch of Victory precinct. With its central statue of a grieving mother clutching a photo of her lost son, the garden stands as a permanent reminder of the inevitable consequences of war.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Top end of Sturt St, BallaratGet directions

    3

    Day 1

    Ballarat's Historic Streetscapes Walking Tour

    Discover the grand architectural links to Ballarat's dramatic past with this self-guided walking tour.

    Access the tour online or pick up a hard copy from the Visitor Information Centre at the Ballarat Town Hall.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Visitor Information Centre, 225 Sturt St, BallaratGet directions

    4

    Day 1

    Lunch at Kittelty's

    Nestled in the Art Gallery of Ballarat is Kittelty's — a warm and cosy cafe offering food that is handmade daily with ingredients sourced predominantly from Ballarat and surrounds.

    Decked out in charming vintage bric a brac, it's a lovely spot for some quiet time with a good book.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 10am - 4pm
    5

    Day 1

    Art Gallery of Ballarat

    Opened in 1890, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest and largest regional gallery in Australia. 

    The focus of the gallery's collection is to present the history of Australian art through paintings and works on paper with selections of sculpture and decorative arts.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 10am - 5pm
    6

    Day 1

    Dinner and accommodation at Craig's Royal Hotel

    Built in 1862, 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.

    A host to poets, princes and poets over the years, the grand hotel is a true representation of the Victorian period.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    7

    Day 1

    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)
    8

    Day 2

    Breakfast at the Golden City Hotel

    Originally the Adelphi Hotel, the Golden City Hotel was built in 1856.

    Today, it offers an exceptional range of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    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
    9

    Day 2

    Sovereign Hill

    Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill recreates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851, when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.

    It’s just like stepping back in time — from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 10am - 5pm
    10

    Day 2

    Gold Museum

    The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat with an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and gold coins.

    Its holdings also include 150,000 items covering everything from mining and military history through to costume and photography.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 9am - 5pm
    11

    Day 2

    AURA

    Feel the vibrations as stars explode in front of your eyes, watch as the land is transformed by the gold rush, and dive into the chaos of the Eureka Rebellion as you witness the creation and discovery of the world's most precious metal.

    AURA is Sovereign Hill's new immersive theatre experience. Make a night of it with the two-course pre-show dinner.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Bradshaw Street, Golden Point VIC 3350Get directions

    12

    Day 2

    Craig's Royal Hotel

    Return to Craig's Royal Hotel to rest your weary head before another big day of exploring.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    13

    Day 3

    Breakfast at Lola

    Recognised by the National Trust, The Provincial Hotel has housed a myriad of publicans and hoteliers since it was built in 1909.

    The hotel's restaurant, Lola, offers a relaxed and elegant dining experience, beautifully styled in The Provincial's signature design.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions

    14

    Day 3

    Ballarat's Historic Statues Walking Tour

    Experience Sturt Street as an open-air gallery of priceless sculptures and monuments and observe the wealth of stories set in stone along the grand boulevard.

    Access this self-guided walking tour online or pick up a hard copy from the Visitor Information Centre at the Ballarat Town Hall.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Visitor Information Centre, 225 Sturt St, BallaratGet directions

    15

    Day 3

    Lunch at Carboni's Italian Kitchen

    Carboni’s Italian Kitchen pays homage to Raffaello Carboni, an Italian national who arrived on the Ballarat goldfields in 1853 and was later elected to the local court to adjudicate mining disputes.

    The tenacious and colourful character displayed by Carboni lives on through the restaurant's extensive menu of modern and traditional Italian cuisine.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    152 Eureka Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 5pm - 9pm
    WED: 12pm - 3pm
    THU: 12pm - 3pm
    FRI: 12pm - 3pm
    SAT: 12pm - 3pm
    SUN: 12pm - 3pm
    16

    Day 3

    Eureka Centre

    Across the road from Carboni's Italian Kitchen is the Eureka Centre.

    Situated on the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade, the centre houses the historic Eureka flag, a symbol of Australian democracy. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    102 Stawell Street South, Eureka VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 10am - 5pm

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