There’s something about short winter breaks in new places that oozes romance.
Think about it… From long sleep-ins in cosy cabins and cuddles by an open fire with red wine in hand, to relaxing spa treatments for two and romantic walks under the stars, winter really is all about the lovebirds.
So, go ahead and surprise the one you love with a romantic weekend away in blissful Ballarat.
Ballarat’s cooler temperatures make for great truffle hunting, but it’s also ideally suited for producing top quality chardonnay and pinot noir.
You can taste this firsthand during a visit to Captains Creek Organic Winery. Cosy up to the fire in their 100-year-old workers-hut-turn-cellar door and indulge in a tasting plate of local delicacies while you work your way through the wine menu.
Once a month, the team at Hop Temple hosts a Paint Your Mate session.
Expect plenty of laughs over this two-and-a-half hour session which kicks off from 2.30pm and includes lunch and a complimentary drink.
Wander the Art Gallery of Ballarat between 28 August and 24 October and you’ll uncover works from American photographer Linda McCartney.
Her exhibition, Linda McCartney: Retrospective, headlines the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. It showcases some of the most iconic artists and moments from the 1960s music scene alongside intimate family portraits, including a series of prints from the McCartney’s time to Australia between 1975 and 1993.
While you’re in Ballarat, why not purchase a ticket to 1000 Doors. Tickets are only $10. Described as a haunting, claustrophobic maze, we’ve been told that every entrance into this house of possibility will begin at the same door, but no two visitors will leave the same as they entered.
On 21 August, Cafe Sidra plays host to the Learmonth Cider Festival.
Let the team at Ragazzone take the stress out of your search for a delicious dinner and sit down for the Chef’s Selection – a rotating selection of new, mouthwatering dishes that will be the envy of all your friends.
For a post-dinner drink, head 160 metres down the road to new cocktail bar and social club Renard.
They certainly like to push the boundaries with their cocktails, so expect lots of seasonal and native ingredients. And yes, jugs are on the menu – including their Rhude Not To with rhubarb gin, groseille, verjus, spritz and strawberries.
If you’re after a cosy stay, then take a look at these off-grid tiny eco cabins nestled in a fruit and nut orchard, right near Captains Creek Organic Winery. Surround yourself with nature (yes, that includes farm animals) and turn off from technology for the night – you might be surprised to learn it’s just what you need!
Banana bread with whipped ricotta, honeycomb and caramelised banana… it has your mouth-watering, doesn’t it?! It’s one of the reasons why it didn’t take long for word to get around about this exciting new cafe in Ballarat.
Go check out for yourself why so many locals are talking about the menu at Clothesline Café.
Learn how to make traditional Italian pasta over a glass of wine, straight from the masters, at Carboni’s Italian Kitchen.
For a moment, you might even feel like you’re in Italy, minus the expensive plane ticket!
It’s been a busy couple of days, so why not end your dreamy date with a couples spa ritual at the award-winning Ballarat’s Sanctuary Day Spa.
Enjoy a 60-minute massage, private bath, sparkling wine and strawberries.
They’re hard to find, and even harder to grow, so it makes sense why truffles are as valuable as they are.
So, rather than try to grow your own, why not reap the reward of someone else’s hard work. It’s as easy as signing up for a hunt on a real working truffiere. And have we good news for you – there’s a truffle farm just outside Ballarat (with the cutest truffle dogs who will help you sniff out these earthly treasures).