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While gold reached legendary status long ago, an uncertain something lives on in the people and produce of today. 

Something born out of that same magical soil; a depth, a richness, an indefinable character. Welcome to Ballarat, there’s still so much to be discovered, just below the surface.

Discover what Ballarat is made of.

WIN the ultimate foodie’s escape

From quirky cellar doors and beerhalls churning out liquid gold, to plates piled high with freshness and flavour fusions, there’s not limit to the earthly treasures you’ll discover in Ballarat.
To show you, we’re giving away a foodie experience valued at $700 for one lucky couple.



Natural wines with next generation winemaker, Owen Latta

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Since returning to the family vineyard, Eastern Peake, 2018 Young Winemaker of the Year Owen Latta has challenged the status-quo to make natural wines that are making...

Setting a New York standard in the Ballarat culinary scene

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One chef. Twelve seats. More courses than you can count. Friday and Saturday night only. Booking months in advance.  This is Ballarat’s most progressive hatted...

Unearthing a rich tapestry of wine styles with Mitchell Harris

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Ballarat’s cooler winter temperatures and dry summers often get a bad rap, but add to this the many diverse microclimates and soil types of Western...

From pond to pan, paddock to plate

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The age-old practice of hunting and gathering is at the heart of Smeaton’s Tuki Trout Farm.  Robert Jones likens his role at Tuki Trout Farm to a “form of...

Things to do

Ballarat’s top 5 craft beer experiences

With more than 500 pubs in the region during the gold rush, Ballarat has a renowned history as being a pub town. Now, with the emergence...

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Where to

Earle Ballarat – Lascelles Terraces

Lascelles Terraces is a residence like no other. Enjoy luxurious, boutique accommodation right in the heart of Ballarat. Located in Errard Street North, Ballarat Central,...

Grayling’s Gift

A haven of charm and wonder. Immerse yourself in the picturesque surrounds of the Pyrenees Region as you discover a calm you never knew existed...

The Provincial Hotel

The Provincial Hotel sits pretty on Ballarat’s historic Lydiard Street. Built in 1909 the iconic building, recognised by the National Trust, has housed a myriad...


The baker behind 1816 Bakehouse

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Bakeries have a strong history in Ballarat; it’s one of oldest industries in the region dating back as far as 1854, only a few years...

The gluten free brewer: John O’Brien

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No one likes to be told to stop drinking beer, but when your health is at risk what else is there left to do? For most of...

The chocolate maker: Lucky & James

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Ballarat chocolatier Jade Davidson knows good chocolate.  The mother-of-two has studied the sweet stuff in Melbourne, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Costa Rica.  Jade has...

The beekeepers – Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat

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To bee or not to bee? If you’re visiting Ballarat, there is no question.  Every time Amanda Collins and Scott Denno run their Secret Life of Bees Workshop in Ballarat,...

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The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.