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Ballarat’s favourite paddock (and pond) to plate experiences

Visit Ballarat

09 Jun 2020

Filed underFood & Drink

Get the taste of farm life and soak up Ballarat’s fresh air, fertile land and wide open spaces this winter. 

Search for truffles 

The Ballarat region is perfectly suited for growing truffles thanks to its cold, frosty winters and warm summers – all requirements to kick off the fruiting bodies and maturation process in the truffle.  
Black Cat Truffles is situated just 20 minutes outside of Ballarat in Wattle Flat and is now taking online bookings for its Truffle Hunt and Taste of Truffle Experience.  
With the help of some very cute truffle dogs, you’ll be well on your way to unearthing this aromatic delicacy in no time. 

You can also join truffle-dog Sally at Oakhill Truffles for a private tour of the Gordon truffleier. Nestled on the grounds of the original Gordon Presbytery and Convent, these local truffles have been compared with the very best that France can produce.

Tuki Trout Farm and Retreat 

Enjoy the unique pond to plate experience at Smeaton’s Tuki Trout Farm, where you’re guaranteed to catch a rainbow trout in one of the aerated spring water ponds. Once you’ve hooked your catch of the day, you can have it cooked in the restaurant for lunch or cleaned and packaged to take home. 
Why not make leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind for an entire weekend you and stay the night in one of the historic Tuki Stone Cottages. Unwind and enjoy a beautiful country sunset from your very own balcony before indulging in the freshest produce at the onsite restaurant. 

Creswick Woollen Mills 

Founded in 1947 by Polish migrant Paul Ryzowy, Creswick Woollen Mills is Australia’s last remaining coloured woollen spinning mill. 

Feed and pat the resident alpacas, sheep and goats or take the time to browse for your new inter throw. Image

White Swan Eggs

Buy direct from the farm 

Fill your fridge and pantry with produce straight from some of the region’s best farms. Whether you order online or visit a local farmgate, there is nothing better than knowing where your food comes from.

The goods news is you’ll find many of these products on the shelves of Ballarat’s local cafes and eateries, including Webster’s Market Cafe and Talbot Provedore and Eatery.

Know of another great producer or place you can buy local products? Let us know at 


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.