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Ballarat by night

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12 Nov 2021

Filed underFood & Drink

The sun might have set but that doesn’t have to put an end to your Ballarat adventure.

One of the best things about summer are the balmy evenings. Which means late nights spent with friends over delicious food and cold brews – what isn’t to love about that idea!

Here’s some of our top picks of things to do in Ballarat after dark.

Catch the sunset over Lake Wendouree

One of the best places to see the sun set over Ballarat is by Lake Wendouree. So, whether you’re a budding photographer, or you’re simply love a good orange sky, this is one not to miss.

One of the most popular locations to snap a good photo is by the jetty, near the Macarthur Street roundabout. Or why not order some takeaway and make an evening of it with the family.

Dine outdoors

Ballarat’s outdoor dining game is strong, so why opt for eating indoors when you can soak up some fresh air over a plate of fresh seasonal produce prepared by one of the region’s exception chefs.

You’re not short of options in Armstrong Street, with Pancho, Meigas and the Forge Pizzeria all great locations. Nearby there’s Mitchell Harris Wine Bar, The North Star Hotel and Aunty Jacks. By Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Yacht Club and Lake View are always popular.

Catch some live music

If you enjoy live music then you’re in luck! It doesn’t matter what weekend you’re here, there is bound to be music thundering from one of the city’s popular music venues.

Sign up for a ghost tour

Travel through underground buildings and back alleyways and visit the old Ballarat gaol – the site of the highest number of executions in Victoria outside of Melbourne – and hear dark tales of local haunts, all set against the backdrop of Ballarat’s beautiful Gothic-inspired architecture.

Grab a cold brew

You’ll find plenty of liquid gold in Ballarat, and we’re not talking about the kind you’ll need to dig deep to find.

Home to talented winemakers, experimental brewers and distillers and crafty bartenders, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a good drop of liquor. For a cold local brew check out Hop Temple and Aunty Jacks, Mitchell Harris is where you want to be for a glass of wine (or two). For gin we recommend Roy Hammond, and for cocktails you can’t go past 18th Amendment Bar and Renard.


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.