The sun has set but that doesn’t have to put an end to your Ballarat adventure.
From evenings long into the night spent with friends over delicious food and cocktails, to live music and memorable theatrics, you’re bound to find plenty to do in Ballarat by night.
1. Eat until you can’t eat any more
Ballarat is a mecca of exceptional chefs, fine food and an electric atmosphere. You just need to know where to find them.
For those who struggle to decide what to eat, you’ve got options like the nine-courses of modern Asian at Moon and Mountain, the chef’s selection at vino and pasta joint Ragazzone, and feed me options at Pancho and Meigas that will keep you well feed long into the night.
2. Catch a gig
If you enjoy live music then you’re in luck! It doesn’t matter what weekend you’re here, there is bound to be music thundering from one of the city’s popular music venues.
Catch your favourite band at Volta or request your favourite song at Piano Bar.
Sit back and enjoy Sovereign Hill’s newest immersive theatre experience – Aura. Watch as land is transformed by the gold rush, and dive into the chaos of the Eureka rebellion as you witness the discovery of the world’s most precious metal. Keep an eye out for updates on the re-opening of Aura at sovereignhill.com.au
4. Sign up for an Eerie Ghost Tour
Travel through underground buildings and back alleyways and visit the old Ballarat gaol – the site of the highest number of executions in Victoria outside of Melbourne – and hear dark tales of local haunts, all set against the backdrop of Ballarat’s beautiful Gothic-inspired architecture.
5. Take your pick of award-winning drops, locally brewed beers and theatrical cocktails
You’ll find plenty of liquid gold in Ballarat, and we’re not talking about the kind you’ll need to dig deep to find.
Home to talented winemakers, experimental brewers and distillers and crafty bartenders, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a good drop of liquor. For a cold local brew check out Hop Temple and Aunty Jacks, Mitchell Harris is where you want to be for a glass of wine (or two). For gin we recommend Roy Hammond, and for cocktails you can’t go past 18th Amendment Bar and Renard.
HOT TIP: For the best photos of a sunset in Ballarat, head to Lake Wendouree.