Embark on a Ballarat adventure inspired by Steph’s (@girlaboutmelb) recent visit.
11:30am – Explore the Art Gallery of Ballarat
The Art Gallery of Ballarat’s purpose is to reflect the story of Ballarat; past, present and future. In addition to the gallery’s collection of Australian art, the Lydiard Street building which was the first purpose-built art gallery in regional Australia, hosts a range of exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Address: 40 Lydiard Street, Ballarat CBD. Entry is free.
1:30pm – Lunch at Earls Deli
Earls Deli is all about good quality food and service. Chef-made with fresh local ingredients and produce. Their sandwiches might be the perfect food: portable, open to any interpretation and as simple or as elaborate as the mood permits.
Address: 11 Davey Street, Ballarat CBD
3pm – Enjoy a gin tasting at Kilderkin Distillery
Kilderkin Distillery continues the proud tradition by sharing their love of the true-blue Australian larrikin spirit, offering a range of small-batch top-shelf gins and gin-based liqueurs and is soon to add a unique whisky to its range.
Address: 4A Hill Street, Mount Pleasant
5pm – Enjoy pre-dinner drinks at Itinerant Spirits
Dedicated to the craft of distilling, Itinerant Spirits perfect their recipes to share with you in cocktails and masterclasses right in the heart of Ballarat. This venue is brand new, opening in early October.
Address: 200 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat (The Goods Shed)
6:30pm – Dinner at Pancho
A South American and Latin inspired restaurant located in the heart of Ballarat. Pancho offers a range of street foods with a palette of traditional American food; think taco’s tortillas, guacamole, and empanadas as well as pisco sours and passionfruit caipirinhas.
Address:213 Mair Street, Ballarat
If you have time, wander through Ballarat’s Botanical Gardens then head over the road to explore all Lake Wendouree has to offer, including historic tram rides. If you are visiting on the second or fourth Saturday of the month then discover the Ballarat Farmers Market.