Ballarat's top insta-worthy places to take photos

When a photo is good enough to be posted on Instagram you just know!

Lucky for us we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the best backdrop for that next Insta-worthy holiday snap.

From charming sunflower fields to colourful murals and picturesque look outs, your only decision is deciding where to start …

Lake Wendouree

Lake Wendouree at any angle is worthy of capturing, but there’s one iconic jetty that we always head to for that perfect shot.

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Lake Wendouree @prashnai
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And who needs Brighton’s bathing boxes when you have these super cute boat sheds at Lake Wendouree?

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Field of sunflowers at Dunnstown 

Every March, the gates to the Britt family farm open to thousands of road trippers looking to get that perfect shot amongst the sea of giant yellow sunflower stalks.

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Botanical Gardens 

Whether you’re in town for the colourful display at the Begonia Festival, or just wondering through the ye-olde trees, you can easily spend hours snapping some seriously cool shots at Ballarat’s Botanical Gardens.

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@wiluna.studio inside the Robert Clarke Conservatory
@wiluna.studio inside the Robert Clarke Conservatory
Sovereign Hill

The photo opportunities at Sovereign Hill are endless. Snap a selfie with a Red Coat solider or capture the moment you find gold. 
You’ll also discover one of the best views of Ballarat from the top of the poppet head.  

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Ballarat Wildlife Park

Snap some shots of the roaming kangaroos or get up close with the cuddly koalas, cheeky meerkats and scaly reptiles. 

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Newtown’s Nimons Bridge 

Built in 1890, Newtown’s Nimons Bridge forms part of the 53km-long Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail. It is one of the largest timber trestle bridges in Victoria.

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Art Gallery of Ballarat

Step inside this beautiful heritage building and you’ll quickly realise why it’s one of the most photographed locations in Ballarat. Around every corner you’ll discover a new set of perfectly placed portraits just waiting to be snapped.

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Hop Lane and Hop Queen 

Ballarat is home to many secret and quirky laneways, but there’s one laneway off Armstrong Street you definitely need to check out while you’re here. 
Walk down here and you’ll also discover the super cool Hop Queen – a huge mural painted by local artist Travis Price. 
 

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Lost Ones laneway

Looking for more quirky laneways? Well we meant it when we said Ballarat is home to many.
Head towards Lost Ones Contemporary Gallery and you’ll find a hidden laneway that leads to the 18th Amendment Bar. But before you head inside for a gin, you’re going to want to strike a pose under the sky of hanging lamp shades.

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The blue-eyed Sweet Fern Girl on Armstrong Street

There's so much street art to uncover around Ballarat like this @cax_one beauty, which is located on the side of the city’s only niche perfumery in Armstrong Street.

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Sweet Fern mural
Mural by local street artist Cax One
Webster Street 

Stop for a coffee before checking out the very cool Travis Price mural on the side of Webster’s Market and Café. Take a walk south of this heritage cornerstone and you’ll discover another perfect backdrop in the form of a very colourful (and car-less) alley (next to 53 Webster Street).

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Webster Street
Laneway off Webster Street
Ballarat Bitter mural

History is everywhere in Ballarat – often serving for the perfect backdrop. Just like the old Ballarat Bitter mural in Lyon Street South.

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The Main Road mural

Step back in time as you wander the iconic Main Road. It never matters what time of the day it is, the Travis Price mural at the end of the street always looks stunning! 
 

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Ballarat’s historic buildings

Stand by Ballarat’s Burke and Wills fountain in the middle of Sturt Street and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the city’s oldest (and most beautiful) architecture. 

The Ballarat Town Hall, Ballarat Train Station, Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, Arch of Victory and the city’s many cathedrals also make beautiful backdrops.

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Mount Buninyong 

Whether you plan to climb to the top for the stunning views, or prefer to simply wander through the  endless trees with your four-legged friend – Mount Buninyong is the region’s best kept photography secret.
Here’s a local tip, when it’s snowing this is where you’ll capture the best photos.

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Buninyong mural wall

While you’re in Buninyong, why not check out the eye-catching murals painted in the laneway hidden behind the town’s only supermarket. 
You can find this space through the lane off Warrenheip Street.

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Lal Lal Falls 

Who doesn’t love to capture the beauty of waterfalls? Well good news, we’ve got one of those too. 

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Mount Cole

Wander by day, roast marshmallows by night and leave with a camera full of picturesque vistas and charming waterfalls at Mount Cole. 

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Mount Buangor

Those who take on the Mount Sugarloaf Walk will discover spectacular panoramic views across the Western Plains, while the Mount Buangor Walk takes hikers to the highest peak in the region. 
You also have the chance to get up close to Ferntree Falls and pose by the massive 100-meter-wide granite arch of the Cave Hill Cave.

Beaufort

Take a selfie with the train conductor situated right near the historic Beaufort Railway Station.

Beautiful vineyards

But what we love most about the Pyrenees is that you don’t need to travel far to find a vineyard. In fact, you’ve got more than 30 to choose from.
Bigibila Winery even has a selfie frame for that perfect wine-in-hand group shot!


Looking for an Insta-worthy brunch? Check out Ballarat top 15 Instagramable breakies.

Why not make a whole weekend of and rent a room at one of the region’s cool and quirky accommodation stays.