Ballarat, Victoria journey information and issues to do: Nine highlights



If you are trying to arrange a Ballarat base for a day or two, the attractive artwork nouveau Provincial Hotel is within the good spot. Opposite the railway station on historic Lydiard Street simply a few blocks away from the town centre, every part you want or need is inside strolling distance, so you do not want a automotive. The inhouse French restaurant, Lola, is well worth the 90-minute journey from Melbourne alone. See


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Everything previous is new once more in Ballarat, a metropolis that excels in imaginative and classy makeovers and restorations of historic buildings. Hidden down a laneway in an previous warehouse, the Hydrant Foodhall is perennially packed to the unique previous sprinklers within the rafters with locals, who flock right here for the all-day breakfasts, the mezze platter, native Seed & Sprout breads and significantly fascinating gluten-free and vegetarian fare. See


Just across the nook from Hydrant the unmarked shopfront that was, till May this yr, residence to the always-booked-out-months-ahead micro diner, Underbar, the Pencilmark Wine Room is Ballarat’s latest place to go for a drink. With house for simply 20, and round 100 bottles to attempt – round 20 by the glass – it is the newest enterprise from chef and proprietor Derek Boath, the genius behind Underbar, so do not count on something abnormal in the case of bar snacks. See


It’s not an actual night time out in town lately with out no less than one cease at a rooftop bar, and Ellington’s Wine Bar is Ballarat’s first, and one other new addition to the town’s blossoming bar scene. Ballarat will get chilly in winter, however a lot of the rooftop is undercover and cosily heated, so it is a great spot to spherical off the night time with a glass of one thing native and a few French cheese. It additionally has a bottle store, if you would like to take a few of what you drink residence. See


If there’s a greater option to kick begin the day than a crab omelette with finger limes and coconut sambal, eaten beneath a yard Hills hoist, we would like to listen to about it. In the meantime, that is simply one of many all-day brunch objects you will discover on the new Clothesline Cafe in an previous suburban home on Bakery Hill. If you are on the run, the takeaway banh mi or baguette with roasted pumpkin, goats cheese and chermoula is simply pretty much as good. See


Kilderkin Distillery has been hand-crafting gin in Ballarat since 2017 underneath the Larrikin Gin label, however they’ve simply opened a brand new cellar door that feels extra like a bar in an previous woollen blanket warehouse beside Yarraway Creek, which implies now you can take pleasure in a G&T – or a gin tasting flight – and a cheese platter at one of many huge wood tables or cosy up on the sofa with a cocktail. Unique tipples to attempt embrace the beautiful pink Scarlet Begonia made with botanicals from the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and the Sunburnt Country bush tucker gin, bottled at 50.7 per cent, matching the very best summer time temperature to date recorded in Australia. Wine and craft beer can also be out there, and the primary batch of whisky will likely be launched quickly. See


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It’s not new – in reality it is the oldest regional artwork gallery within the nation – however past the everlasting assortment of some 11,000 works by Australia’s greatest names in artwork (they don’t seem to be all on present without delay) there’s all the time one thing new to see on the Ballarat Art Gallery. Current exhibitions embrace historic watercolours of the goldfields, ceramics, and crochet hen dinners. Time your go to to incorporate the free guided tour every day at 11am. The present store, filled with the work of native artists, is value a go to in its personal proper. See


It’s been a logo of insurrection and defiance because it was first unfurled on Ballarat’s Bakery Hill in 1854, however you possibly can’t depart city with out seeing the unique Southern Cross flag, flown on the battle of the Eureka Stockade, the birthplace of contemporary Australian democracy. The barely tattered stays are on show on the Eureka Centre within the Eureka Stockade Memorial Park, the place the insurrection came about. See


The precise constructing on the previous website of the Gold Museum reverse Sovereign Hill continues to be underneath development – it is on account of open in September – however you possibly can already join masterclasses in every part from basket weaving and netsuke wooden carving to knife making and silversmithing on the new Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades. Sure to attraction to weekend hobbyists and grasp crafters alike with a rotating program of workshops, talks and exhibitions the purpose is to “protect, promote and pass on the rare arts and forgotten trades that are at risk of being lost”. It additionally feels like a variety of enjoyable. See


One for the diary, Hotel Vera, a shocking seven-suite transformation of a 150-year-old former physician’s residence within the metropolis centre, is because of open in spring 2022. The luxurious contemporary-styled suites will likely be cause sufficient to remain, however it is going to even be residence to the brand new Underbar, Ballarat’s final vacation spot high quality diner. With seats for simply 14 you will have to e book forward. See

The author visited as a visitor of Ballarat City Council. See