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Best things to do in Ballarat

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Gallery
“This has a world class art collection, with some amazing temporary exhibitions! Always something interesting on display!”
45 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“This is an old style gold mining town... go early, wear comfortable shoes and soak up the ‘Gold Rush’”
37 locals recommend
Cinema
“One of the best movie theaters we have been to. Full of history, make sure to see a movie in cinema 1. The popcorn is pretty amazing too!”
15 locals recommend
Bar
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“We are Hop Temple. A venue enthusiastic about good beer, wine and food. A family orientated environment for everybody to enjoy. We pride ourselves on providing a relaxed atmosphere with no pressure. Situated down Hop Lane, follow the umbrellas and festoon lighting to a hidden laneway delight.”
27 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Set in a historic venue MH is one of our favourite venues to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine and nibbles. ”
19 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Great pizzas. The Armstrong St restaurant has plenty of space with indoor and outdoor dining. Otherwise you can order take-away from the Sturt St venue. ”
18 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Central Ballarat Great coffee, break and lunch Dinner available on Friday evening - must make a reservation”
18 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great spot to take the kids to see all of our native animals up close, and even feed the kangaroos!”
22 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“This is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy the beauty of the gardens and Lake Wendouree.”
13 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“A day at Sovereign Hill is a day filled with fun and adventure. Discover all the action and excitement of life as it was in 1850s Ballarat during the greatest alluvial gold rush the world has ever seen. Sovereign Hill is a living museum with working exhibits brought to life by costumed characters and over 40 horses. Set on 25 acres of an original mining site, Sovereign Hill is a goldfields town with shops, hotels, a theatre, schools, factories, a gold diggings and underground mines to explore.”
12 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Spanish ex-pat and owner Jose has put together a Spanish restaurant with wonderful hospitality and some really outstanding regional food. Order from the menu or ask for a 'feed me' $59 menu and they will keep sending dishes out of the kitchen until the table groans for a halt. Outstanding dishes include the slow-cooked beef cheek in rich gravy on a creamy mash, prawns in red wine, croquettes filled with jamon and potato, a wonderful cheese board, terrific Creme Catalan and almond torte with cinnamon and lemon zest. Seriously good. ”
17 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
2 locals recommend
Café
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“Webster's is one of our favourite coffee and breakfast venue. The cafe is small and can be quite busy, if you want some privacy Webster's may not be the place to go.”
16 locals recommend
Hotel
“A day at Sovereign Hill is a day filled with fun and adventure. Discover all the action and excitement of life as it was in 1850s Ballarat during the greatest alluvial gold rush the world has ever seen. Sovereign Hill is a living museum with working exhibits brought to life by costumed characters and over 40 horses. Set on 25 acres of an original mining site, Sovereign Hill is a goldfields town with shops, hotels, a theatre, schools, factories, a gold diggings and underground mines to explore. Sovereign Hill is an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne and we have plenty of free parking on-site.”
10 locals recommend
Zoo
“Small wildlife park where you can see free roaming kangaroos and koalas, as well as other animals! It's a good day out as you can feed the kangaroos! ”
14 locals recommend
Museum
“A museum dedicated to democracy located at the site of the Eureka Rebellion”
13 locals recommend