Ballarat attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Ballarat

Sovereign Hill

You’ll need to set aside at least half a day to visit this fascinating recreation of Ballarat's 1860s gold-mining township. The site was mined in the gold-rush era and much of the equipment is original, as is the mi…
Top Choice Gallery in Ballarat

Art Gallery of Ballarat

Established in 1884 and moved to its current location in 1890, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest provincial gallery in Australia. The architectural gem houses a wonderful collection of early colonial paintin…
Top Choice Brewery in Ballarat

Red Duck Brewery & Kilderkin Distillery

These guys have been brewing craft beer since 2005 – way before it was cool – and continue today with ever-changing, inventive seasonal brews to complement their core range. They were likewise ahead of the game with…
Museum in Ballarat

Eureka Centre

Standing on the commemorative site of the Eureka Rebellion, this modern museum focuses on the momentous 1854 Battle of the Eureka Stockade. Multimedia displays recreate the events of this famous uprising, where gold…
Gardens in Ballarat

Botanic Gardens

On the western side of the lake, Ballarat's beautiful and serene gardens were first planted in 1858. The 40 hectares include immaculately maintained rose gardens, wide lawns and a colourful conservatory. Visit the c…
Historic Building in Ballarat

Ballaarat Mechanics Institute

Read all about it here at Ballarat's Mechanics Institute (c 1859), where you can browse every single edition of the Ballarat Courier newspaper since the 1850s – a fascinating insight into the gold-rush era. Tours of…
Lake in Ballarat

Lake Wendouree

Lake Wendouree, a large artificial lake used for rowing events at the 1956 Olympics, is a natural focal point for the town. A popular running and cycling track encircles it, old timber boat sheds line the shore, and…
Zoo in Ballarat

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Ballarat’s popular wildlife park is strong on native fauna, with residents including Tasmanian devils, cassowaries, dingoes, quokkas, snakes, eagles and crocs. There are also animals from neighbouring countries, suc…
Museum in Ballarat

Gold Museum

Sitting on an old mine across the road from Sovereign Hill, the family-friendly Gold Museum features multimedia exhibits, nuggets found in the area and gold pieces from around the world. There's also a display on th…
Brewery in Ballarat

Café Sidra

A 20-minute drive north of Ballarat in the rural township of Learmonth, this weatherboard cafe occupies an 1860s ironmongery. It's popular primarily for its quality local ciders, paired beautifully with the likes of…