Australia’s best cyclists will battle it out on the streets of Ballarat from 3 – 7 January for the 2024 Federation University Road National Championships. With a jam-packed five-day program, RoadNats competitors and spectators alike are sure to hit the caffeine trail.
Espresso culture in Ballarat dates back just as far as our metropolitan neighbours, with coffee palaces established at the height of the temperance movement during the gold rush. Flash forward 130 years and we are really spoiled for choice, with a dream team of local coffee roasters, baristas and dairy farmers combining their crafts for the perfect cuppa.
Keep an eye out for Ballarat’s own Hellbilly Roasting or Karon Farm Coffee, and quality milk by Inglenook Dairy, which has been produced locally since the early 1900s and is now served at more than half of the city’s cafes and restaurants.
Here’s a short selection of coffee spots to kickstart your cogs. Pick a new spot each day of RoadNats or plan your route around your favourite roasts.
We’ll add more to the list as they are confirmed closer to the event – so bookmark this page for when you are on the go.
Head to Ballarat In the Know for a list of opening hours during the Christmas and New Year period.
Bean Me Up Coffee will be at the Road Race in Buninyong on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January. You’ll also find Deja Brew Xpresso in the spectator zone on the mountain on the Sunday to power you through the final day of RoadNats. To keep your belly happy, there will be gelato and food trucks at the event on both days.
You can also grab a warm brew from one of the many local cafes in Buninyong, including Maggie & Kate, Dynamite Cycles and Cafe, Buninyong Bakehouse Cafe, Bluestone Cafe, and Espresso Depot.
Challenge your mates on some of the most sought-after Strava segments in Ballarat or take it at your own pace and enjoy the scenery through the Creswick State Forest. The 30.7km Coffee Ride starts at L’espresso Café (open from 7am daily) and ends at Webster’s Market and Cafe. Please note Webster’s is closed in January but we recommend stopping by nearby cafe Johnny Alloo for your post-ride coffee fix (open from 7am daily during RoadNats).
There’s no shortage of cafes serving up locally-roasted or Melbourne-style coffee to keep you on pace across this action-packed weekend. Explore more breakfast and brunch ideas in our five-day RoadNats 2024 itinerary.