Victoria's largest inland city, Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events, food, brews and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop.
With its renowned wineries and exciting restaurant scene, Ballarat is an established foodie destination. Recharge and refuel after a day's walking at one of the town's popular eateries, breweries or cafes. The Provincial Hotel's beautiful dining room Lola is a standout for seasonal, locally sourced dishes and a great wine list . Sip local drops at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar, sample craft beer at Hop Temple or book a table at award winning Underbar.
Dreams of gold
Explore the legacy of the gold rush, still evident in the magnificent architecture and tree-lined streets of the town today. Admire the city's Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens and statues on a self-guided heritage walk.
Pan for gold and watch the hustle and bustle of an 1850s gold mining settlement at Sovereign Hill. Don't miss the dramatic AURA sound and light show, which tells the story of the Eureka Rebellion and an Australia transformed by gold.
Out and about
Enjoy the fantastic collection of Australian art at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia's oldest regional gallery. Catch a show at Her Majesty's Theatre, originally opened in 1875, and wander through specialty shops stocked with boutique clothing, books, homewares and crafts. Meet native wildlife on a leisurely stroll in a natural bush settling at Ballarat Wildlife Park.