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Holiday To Ballarat

“I like goooooooold”. This what Ballarat’s founders sang as they swung their pickaxes into granite and shook their pans free of muddy water in search of the shining element.
It’s also what Goldmember said through the third instalment of Austin Powers, but that’s neither here nor there. The attachment to gold in this city hasn’t dwindled with time. While it’s not a major industry anymore, the place has capitalised on the history of it. But you don’t just have to pan for riches; you can also feed animals at a wildlife park. Browse Wotif’s offers on package deals to Ballarat and go for pay dirt.

Things to Do in Ballarat

This is the third-biggest city in the state of Victoria, and you’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so grab a vehicle from Wotif’s Ballarat car hire options. Make your way to Sovereign Hill, an open-air museum that has recreated a gold mining village from 1851. Grab a pan, dive into the gold digging section and search for the real stuff in the winding creek. After you’ve hit pay dirt, take a tour of one or both of the old mines. And don’t forget to mosey down Main Street and catch the demonstration of pure gold being melted and poured into a bullion bar.

One of the best things to do on a Ballarat holiday is to visit Ballarat Wildlife Park and see some of Australia’s most famous animal residents. The coolest part of this experience is the hands-on interaction you can have with animals like koalas, wombats and kangaroos. There’s about 80 free-roaming roos in the park, so it’s not uncommon to run into them while ordering at the snack bar or in the loo (they really aren’t into things like privacy).

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

Can you believe how much money you saved with our Ballarat holiday packages? Maybe it’s time to spend it. Head to Central Square Shopping Centre, where you’ll find big-name chain stores and over 40 retail outlets. The city is also hosts different markets throughout the week. Pick up antiques, handmade clothes and Aboriginal art in these small street bazaars. Stop by a couple of the popular ones, like the Pleasant Street Primary Craft Market and the Trash & Treasure.

Ballarat Central is where you’ll find great shopping and a broad range of dining options. Grab a steamy meat pie with a side sundae from a street stall. When you’re ready for a full meal, there’s a number of fine steakhouses that’ll make you feel fancy. If you’d like to expand your palate, head to the Golden Point suburb, where Indian and Asian restaurants dominate the food scene.

Guess where the best nightlife is during a holiday in Ballarat? Ding-ding-ding! The downtown district comes alive during the day and re-energises itself when the sun sets. Several modern pubs have sprouted up throughout town and many feature local bands from Melbourne. Definitely check out some of the gold rush-era hotels with lobby bars restored to look the way they did when miners bellied-up to the bar.

What’s Next?

Getaways are for relaxing, having fun and possibly striking it rich. OK, maybe not the last one…but where we’re sending you it could happen! Browse Wotif’s superb offers on Ballarat package deals and book one as quickly as possible.

Things to do in Ballarat

Are you ready to grab your holiday by the horns and ride it off into the wild blue yonder? Travelling is all about experiencing new things (no matter how late you stayed up last night).

Can't wait to embark on some epic adventures in Ballarat? A Grampians National Park Small-Group Day Tour from Melbourne is a good option. You might also want to try out a Sovereign Hill & Ballarat Tour from Melbourne.

Need insider tips on must-see attractions in Ballarat? Check out our Ballarat travel guide!

Family Hotels in Ballarat

BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park

BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park

    4.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.7 out of 5 (227 reviews)

    Situated in Golden Point, this campsite is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Esmond and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond Botanical Garden and Gold Museum ...

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    Sovereign Park Motor Inn

    Sovereign Park Motor Inn

    223 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
      3.5 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.7 out of 5 (413 reviews)

      This family-friendly Golden Point motel is within a 15-minute walk of Gold Museum and Lake Esmond Botanical Garden. Sovereign Hill and Museum of Australian Democracy ...

      from AU$157

      Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments on Webster

      Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments on Webster

      128 Webster Street, Lake Wendouree, VIC
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.6 out of 5 (66 reviews)

        Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of St John of God Hospital Ballarat and Ballarat Base Hospital. Art Gallery ...

        from AU$243

        Comfort Inn Main Lead

        Comfort Inn Main Lead

          2.5 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.1 out of 5 (397 reviews)

          Located in the heart of Golden Point, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Gold Museum and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond Botanical Garden and ...

          from AU$107

          Romantic Hotels in Ballarat

          Lake Wendouree Apartments on Grove St

          Lake Wendouree Apartments on Grove St

          18 Grove Street, Lake Wendouree, VIC
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.1 out of 5 (12 reviews)

            Situated in Lake Wendouree, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ballarat Base Hospital and St John of God Hospital Ballarat. Art Gallery of Ballarat ...

            from AU$216

            Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

            Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.3 out of 5 (510 reviews)

              Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond Botanical Garden and Lake Esmond ...

              from AU$128

              Ballarat Tranquility Cottages

              Ballarat Tranquility Cottages

              115-117 Winter St, Newington, VIC
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.3 out of 5 (28 reviews)

                Situated in Newington, this spa cottage is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Ballarat Base Hospital and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Sovereign Hill. St John of God Hospital Ballarat ...

                from AU$160

                The Provincial Ballarat

                The Provincial Ballarat

                121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central, VIC
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.7 out of 5 (220 reviews)

                  Situated in the business district, this luxury apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Art Gallery of Ballarat and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Sovereign Hill. Ballarat ...

                  from AU$160

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