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National recognition for Ballarat businesses

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07 Oct 2021

Filed underFood & Drink

First Ballarat was named the state’s Top Tourism Town and now two of the city’s hospitality offerings have gained well-deserved accolades of their own.

Fine dining favourite Underbar is a finalist in the Best Destination Dining category at the Gourmet Traveller 2022 Restaurant Awards.


Describing the 16-seat CBD restaurant as a “hidden gem”, Gourmet Traveller says “Ballarat’s making a serious tilt at becoming one of Victoria’s dining destinations right now and Underbar adds serious ballast to that ambition”. 

Award winners will be announced on 24 October and showcased in the magazine’s November edition.

Meanwhile, The Provincial Hotel features at #74 in Australian Traveller‘s annual 100 Unique Stays.

The Provincial Hotel

“Victoria’s old goldfields towns and cities possess an atmosphere all of their own – all the ambition and folly of 19th-century prospectors wrapped up in a wrought-iron balcony,” writes Australian Traveller‘s Imogen Eveson.

“The Provincial Hotel Ballarat embodies this: a boutique hotel opened in late 2018 in an iconic building on historic Lydiard Street that is listed by the National Trust for its expressive Art Nouveau facade, domed turrets and all.”

In July this year, Ballarat was crowned the 2021 Victorian Top Tourism Town by VTIC (the Victorian Tourism Industry Council).

Ballarat snatched the title ahead of Bendigo, Dromana, Frankston, Lakes Entrance and Swan Hill.


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.