Red Duck Brewery & Kilderkin Distillery

Top choice in Victoria

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 their gins, distilled using indigenous botanicals that you can sample at the no-frills cellar door in an industrial estate on the town outskirts.

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Nearby Victoria attractions

1. Ballarat Tramway Museum

1.34 MILES

Here you can take a ride on a vintage tram from the museum's depot along a 1.3km section of tramline around Lake Wendouree. Horse-drawn trams started…

2. Botanic Gardens

1.55 MILES

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…

3. Lake Wendouree

1.81 MILES

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…

4. 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…

5. 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…

6. Pioneer Miners' Monument

2.85 MILES

This city monument commemorates the discovery of gold at Poverty Point in 1851, which marked the beginning of the gold rush in Ballarat.

7. Lost Ones Gallery

2.86 MILES

Putting Ballarat's ornate architecture to good use, this contemporary gallery is set up inside an 1870s Masonic temple with a colonnaded facade. It's a…

8. Gold Museum

3.23 MILES

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…