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From natural wonders and flavour fusions, to retail heavens and cultural treasure troves, there’s no limit to the riches you’ll unearth in one of Victoria’s most enriching destinations.

After all, the best weekends aren’t made of moments spend at home; they’re made of Ballarat.

How to spend the perfect weekend in Ballarat

There’s nothing like waking up on a Saturday morning with a hankering to get away for the day (or even the whole weekend).

Just a stone’s throw away from most Victoria cities, Ballarat makes the perfect destination for those last minute planners.


Ballarat’s top 5 day hikes

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If you’re eager for an outdoor adventure, but you also don’t want to commit to a hike that takes all day, then you’re in the...

20 cool and quirky places to stay in Ballarat

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Want to stay somewhere unique on your next trip to Ballarat? From historic churches and charming cottages to off-the-grid cabins and boutique hotels, here are some...

Ballarat’s top 5 cellar door experiences

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Discover a hat-trick of wineries and cellar door experiences in Ballarat, with award-winning wine, gin and cider on the menu. 1. Mitchell Harris Step inside this...

Ballarat’s top 5 craft beer experiences

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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...

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.


Where to

Bishops Palace

Enjoy a unique and luxurious stay like no other at Bishops Palace, a heritage listed Gothic masterpiece built in 1877 and set on four stunning...

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...

Discover what Ballarat is made of

Discover what Ballarat is made of

Ballarat is a place where each day is made of daring adventures, earthly treasures and lingering heritage.

And each night is made of rich indulgence, startling sights and fusing cultures.

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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.