Ballarat is a suburb of multiple layers, comprising both historical and contemporary appeal. Genteel facades and ornate iron lacing characterise the carefully preserved, 19th century streetscapes. But beyond historical beauty, Ballarat is a thoroughly modern city - a bustling hub with dynamic character and a strong civic identity.

Ballarat's sizeable town centre is as busy as it is beautiful. Cafes, restaurants and shops animate the thoroughfare along Sturt Street, while stately gold-boom structures enrich the majesty of Lydiard Street. Spectacular examples of neo-classical architecture include the heritage-listed, former Mining Exchange and the old Italianate palazzo-style post office.  A large student population injects youthful energy into the locale, which is packed with bars, pubs and clubs. It also accommodates a vibrant live music scene. 

The natural beauty of Ballarat is found in 40 hectares of botanic gardens on Lake Wendouree. Parklands are plentiful and the town is surrounded by stunning countryside. At a mere 110km from Melbourne, it's no wonder more people are commuting to and from the capital.

Ballarat Facts

Ballarat hosts a number of popular festivals, including Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields (music festival) and the spectacular Ballarat Begonia festival.

Locals Recommend


Red Peppa
34 Sturt St. T 5331 6327
Quality, modern Australian cuisine, served in sophisticated surrounds.
Dyers Steak Stable
Little Bridge St. T 5331 2850
A traditional style steakhouse providing great meals in a convivial atmosphere.


Ballarat Patchwork
54 Victoria St. T 5332 6722
Fabrics, toys and textiles sourced from vintage suppliers and talented designers.
Bridge Mall
Little Bridge St. T 5331 8948
Centrally located shopping centre with the largest mix of national and independently owned stores within Ballarat and its surrounding region.
Buninyong Farmer's Market
Town Hall
A fresh produce market, on the 3rd Saturday of every month, with homegrown fruit, vegetables, fine wines and gourmet fare.

Bars & Cafes

Lake View
22 Wendouree Pde. T 5331 4592
Cafe, bar, function centre and more, overlooking beautiful Lake Wendouree
417 Sturt St. T 5331 1789
Fantastic coffee and relaxed ambience on Ballarat's main strip.


The George Hotel
27 Lydiard St. North. T 5333 4866
Luxury serviced accommodation in a traditional hotel atmosphere, with bar, cafe, restaurant, function rooms and beautiful, big verandahs.
Craig's Royal Hotel
10 Lydiard St. South. T 5331 1377
The pride of Ballarat offers charming Victorian accommodation in a traditional hotel style dating back to the early 1850s.

Local Offices

hockingstuart Ballarat
1211 Sturt Street
03 5329 2500
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