Things to do

Ballarat, Victoria’s largest inland city. Just 75 minutes west of Melbourne, Ballarat is a melting pot of art, culture, food, wine and attractions set against an iconic heritage backdrop.

From markets to festivals, live music to exhibitions, here’s your guide to the best of what’s on in Ballarat.

Visit the Made of Ballarat website

Ballarat hosts a population of approx. 101,500 and offers alfresco dining and boutique shopping in a tree-lined boulevard featuring manicured gardens and sculptures.  A mix of specialty outlets, affordable antiques and collectables, vibrant and inviting restaurants to tickle your taste buds.

Ballarat’s offers a fantastic Visitor Information Centre located in Sturt street.

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Tourist attractions

During your stay in Ballarat you will be able to see the many attractions that Ballarat has to offer including day trips to Sovereign Hill which brings to life the gold fever that gripped Ballarat in its first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851. Ballarat Wildlife Park is set on 16 hectares of natural bushland, a picturesque and tranquil backdrop for a diverse collection of Australian wildlife. Ballarat Botanical Gardens, established in 1858 are considered one of Australia’s best examples of the 19th Century gardenesque style landscape,  and many more attractions for the whole family.

Visit the Made of Ballarat website