Entry is also free at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. On Sundays in January, enjoy free live music in the gardens from 4pm – 8pm as part of Summer Sundays, including fireworks on 14 January.
Picnic by Lake Wendouree and hire a pedal boat for $15 for two persons (children under 5 free).
Visit the Ballarat Tramway Museum and go for a ride on a vintage tram for $10 adult, $8 concession, $5 children or $30 family
On Sundays from October-April, sail on Lake Wendouree onboard the Golden City Paddle Steamer for $15 adult, $8 children or $40 family
Pick up a bargain secondhand treasure at the Ballarat Vintage and Collectables Market. Over 80 stalls and open seven days a week 10am – 6pm. You’ll find the market a couple of minutes drive outside of Ballarat on the M8.
Visit the Eureka Centre for $6 adult, $4 children and concession or $18 family. Entry is free for Ballarat residents on provision of photo ID.
Sign up for a free tour of the Ballarat Town Hall every Wednesday and Friday at 2pm. Or take a tour of the historic Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute every Tuesday at 2pm for $10 a person
Discover some of Ballarat’s quirky cafes, antique shops, history tales, beautiful scenery and buildings on Hidden Lanes’ slow travel interactive walking tour. The digital guidebook can be purchased online for $14.99
Explore Ballarat on two wheels with Ride Ballarat – the city’s best cycling trails. We recommend the Lake Wendouree Loop Ride, which starts at Ballarat Railway Station. If you don’t have your own bike, hire an orange Neuron e-bike for city riding (available only in summer), or if you are exploring further afield, arrange a mountain bike drop off from Ballarat Bike Hire.
FOOD & DRINK
Here’s some of our favourite places to fill our belly for under $20 a person:
Saigon Noodle House (10 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat)
Kosaten (30 Sturt St, Ballarat)
For a sweet treat, Il Piccolo Gelato (217 Sturt Street, Ballarat) or The Little Cupcake (223 Eureka Street, Ballarat)
Experience fresh modern Asian fare by a hatted chef at Mr Jones. Enjoy the Wednesday or Thursday School Night Banquet for $65 per person.
Wine O’Clock at Mitchell Harris every Tuesday-Friday between 4pm-6pm, with some of the bar’s favourite wines at $10 a glass, beers at $8 and snack plates at $12
Every Wednesday – Friday at Aunty Jacks, enjoy a burger and a pot for $20. Plus on Thursdays between 12pm and 8pm, buy a pint at pot prices.
The Lake View Hotel will keep you happy on weekdays: 2 for 1 cocktails on Mondays, 2 for 1 schnitzel on Tuesday, Wednesday curry night, Thursday parma-rarma, and an extended happy hour till 6pm on Fridays.
At The North Star Hotel, take your pick from $5 Sunday night kids’ meals between 4.30pm-6.30pm, $20 Wednesday parma night, $18 Thursday pasta night, and Friday Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm.
Drop into the Golden City Hotel for a range of $20 meals on Tuesday nights, $12 coffee/T2 tea/milkshake and cake on weekdays from 8am-5pm, $25 Thursday steak nights, plus $17 express lunch on weekdays from 11am-1pm
Kids under 9 years eat free every Monday and Tuesday at The Sporting Globe Ballarat with every full price adult main meal purchase. Before 3pm Monday to Friday, grab a classic burger, wrap or salad for $15.9.
Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.
These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.
We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.
As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.