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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.

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

Family Hotels in Ballarat

BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park AU$108
Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2019
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BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park

BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park

108 Clayton Street, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
     
    4.7 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    It's close to everything. We could walk to town center and Sovereign Hill.

    Sovereign Park Motor Inn AU$165
    Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2019
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    Sovereign Park Motor Inn

    Sovereign Park Motor Inn

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

      This property ticks all the boxes. The staff are friendly, helpful and efficient. The facilities and rooms are excellent. The restaurants provide excellent meals. It is close to all that is offered by Ballarat for the tourist .

      Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments on Webster AU$280
      Reviewed on 31 Mar. 2019
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      Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments on Webster

      Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments on Webster

      128 Webster Street, Lake Wendouree, VIC
         
        4.6 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Great property, close to town! Would definitely stay here again

        Comfort Inn Main Lead AU$109
        Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2019
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        Comfort Inn Main Lead

        Comfort Inn Main Lead

        312 Main Road Vi 3350, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
           
          4.1 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          It was clean, quiet, staff was great!! Close to everything would definitely go back

          Romantic Hotels in Ballarat

          Lake Wendouree Apartments on Grove St AU$207
          Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2019
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          Lake Wendouree Apartments on Grove St

          Lake Wendouree Apartments on Grove St

          18 Grove Street, Lake Wendouree, VIC
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The location of this stunning property was perfect - close to everything the lake, fabulous pub and IGA just around the corner. The property was spacious and the bedrooms were really big with super comfy beds fabulous cooking facilities and beautiful views. It provided us with everything we needed ...

            Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre AU$123
            Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2019
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            Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

            Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

            613 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
               
              4.5 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Staff were friendly and efficient. Our room was a little outdated but clean. Comfortable beds. It was winter and no electric blanket, room was cold and the split heater took overnight to warm the room. Needed more blankets on the bed to keep warm

              Ballarat Tranquility Cottages AU$160
              Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2019
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              Ballarat Tranquility Cottages

              Ballarat Tranquility Cottages

              115-117 Winter St, Newington, VIC
                 
                4.2 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The property is wonderfully furnished, located in a beautiful and quiet area and still close to amenities.

                The Provincial Ballarat AU$180
                Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2019
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                The Provincial Ballarat

                The Provincial Ballarat

                121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central, VIC
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  outstanding accomadtion service outstanding would recommed