Winter in Ballarat

Embrace the cold and head outside this winter for a welcome dose of fresh air and beautiful scenery, or step inside where it's nice and warm and enjoy fine local wine as you cosy up to a fire.

Winter in Ballarat provides the perfect remedy for the winter blues

The daylight hours are getting shorter, but fear not, that doesn’t have to be the end of your outdoor adventures.  Embrace the cold and head outside this winter for a welcome dose of fresh air, exercise and beautiful scenery — there's an abundance of walking and cycling trails just waiting to be explored.​

Soak up Ballarat's wide-open spaces as you explore the region's picturesque lakes and mountains, or enjoy one of our unique paddock to plate experiences.​
For those looking for something a little tastier, come savour some of the region’s finest drops.

Then experience Ballarat after dark on a ghost tour, or step inside where it's nice and warm and indulge on a cheese platter and fine wine as you cosy up to a fire.

If you can't visit Ballarat right now, we'll be here when you can.

In the meantime, stay safe, be kind and explore our great city online from the comfort of home with the Ballarat Virtual Winter Fest
And for now, we will share what we love about Ballarat in winter.

Your weekend sorted

A romantic winter escape

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life to unwind and relax with the one you love.

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Winter walks in the Ballarat region
Embrace the cold and head outside this winter for a welcome dose of fresh air, exercise and beautiful scenery. The Ballarat region is home to a bounty of picturesque lakes, mountains, parks and...
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Where to find Ballarat’s most Instagrammable breakfasts
With more than 30,000 #breakfast posts flooding our Instagram feed every day, it’s fair to say breaky has become the most important meal of the day in more ways than one. And who wouldn’t want to show...
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Indulge in fine wine and local produce

Warm up with delicious food next to a cosy fireplace
After a wintry day exploring Ballarat, warm up with delicious food and drink next to a crackling fireplace. Here are some of our favourite restaurants and bars with fireplaces. Mitchell Harris By far...
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Ballarat’s favourite paddock (and pond) to plate experiences
Get the taste of farm life and soak up Ballarat’s fresh air, fertile land and wide open spaces this winter. Search for truffles The Ballarat region is perfectly suited for growing truffles thanks to...
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Indulge in warming comfort food this winter
Winter in Ballarat may be cold, and some say it lasts forever, but we say every season has its unique charms. For winter that means warming up from the inside by indulging in the best comfort food and...
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Things to do

Wander Ballarat's historic Main Road
It’s old meets modern at Ballarat’s charming Main Road. Like many of Ballarat streets in the 1850’s, Main Road was at the centre of mining life. The road was a mass of tightly packed houses wedged...
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Things to love about winter in Ballarat
Whether you are a local or are here visiting friends and family there is lot to love about Ballarat this winter. Be sure to rug up and get out and explore some of the attractions on offer. Ballarat...
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15 places to shop secondhand in Ballarat
Secondhand shopping has never been more popular. And we get it! Why settle for something from a catalogue when you can take home a one-off goodie that will have your house guests wondering where you...
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Anne Wallace: Strange Ways
While Anne Wallace’s figurative paintings might seem conventional on the surface, they are anything but ordinary. Her meticulously painted canvases lead us to expect a narrative but, on a deeper level...
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David Noonan: Stagecraft
Stagecraft brings together silkscreen collages on fabric, tapestries and film which David Noonan has made between 2015 and 2020. Noonan repurposes found photographic images from his extensive personal...
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Ballarat’s favourite winter festival is now online
The new Ballarat Virtual Winter Fest highlights all of the best elements of Ballarat in winter through an online platform, allowing you to plan your trip from the comfort of home before you head out...
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Unwind this winter
Take some time for yourself this winter to relax and unwind. Indulge with treatments at a relaxing day spa, de-stress with a spot of yoga or explore a relaxing hobby on rainy days. Spa treats Be...
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Master the danish art of hygge in your home this winter
Ballarat is a melting pot of artesian products that will spread warmth and calm into any home. Discover for yourself how to enjoy life’s simple pleasures by adding a little hygge into your favourite...
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Create a warm and cosy home with beautiful Ballarat products
Looking to make your home warm and cosy this winter? Ballarat and the surrounding region have a wide variety of retailers offering everything you need to create an inviting haven as you snuggle from...
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Places to stay

The Provincial Hotel
The Provincial Hotel sits pretty on Ballarat’s historic Lydiard Street. Built in 1909 the iconic building, recognised by the National Trust, has housed a myriad of publicans and hoteliers, each...
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Earle Ballarat – Lascelles Terraces
There’s a couple of 19th century terraces in central Ballarat that pay tribute to the city’s history while celebrating the nouveau. Owned by Melbourne-based creatives David Cook-Doulton and Martin...
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BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park
Situated in the historic Avenue of Honour, BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park is a relaxed, tranquil holiday destination in a beautiful bush setting. You can quickly unwind by relaxing in one of the...
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Take a scenic drive and explore the region’s picturesque villages

Take a scenic drive and explore the region’s picturesque villages

The Ballarat region is steeped in history and culture so, while you’re here, it’s worth adding a few short trips to your itinerary.

Soak up the fresh country air and take in the views of the rugged mountain ranges of the Pyrenees. Visit cellar doors and taste some of Victoria’s finest wines at Blue Pyrenees Estate and Summerfield Winery. With 30 local wineries and cellar doors, you’re spoilt for choice.
For those who enjoy a cool climate Shiraz, you’re going to want check out Rotundone Road – the ultimate winery tour through the mountains.

Pop into The Shared Table in Buninyong and delight in the flavours of the Victorian Central Highlands, wander the town's picturesque streets and take home a new hand-decorated pot from Three Times Blest.

For those looking to stretch their legs, the views at the top of Mount Buninyong are well worth the short climb.

Enjoy the unique pond-to-plate experience at Smeaton’s Tuki Trout Farm, pick up local produce at the Creswick Market or take home a handmade throw from the Creswick Woollen Mills.

Your visit doesn’t have to stop there, there’s more to discover just beyond Ballarat

See you this long weekend!

As government restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to change, we encourage you to be kind, stay safe, maintain physical distancing and use common sense.