Things To Do in Ballarat

There’s plenty to see and do around Ballarat.

While you’re here, why not take a look at the some of the many attractions.

For a complete guide of Things to do in Ballarat, check out the Visit Ballarat website.

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Boatshed Restaurant

Boatshed is located on the Lake Wendouree foreshore in the very heart of Ballarat.

The iconic Ballarat restaurant has been a popular eatery by the Lake for almost two decades. In late 2017 Boatshed was refurbished and relaunched for its next phase.

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Racers Bar & Cafe

Situated on the corner of historic Webster Street and Lake Wendouree, Racers oozes the charm of a recently revamped racy 1930’s corner shop.

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Lake View Hotel

Since 1875, The Lake View Hotel has been an iconic part of Ballarat. Situated on the edge of Lake Wendouree this historical meeting place is the only remaining of 13 hotels that once lined the lake’s banks.

Following recent renovations, the Lake View Hotel is now a stylish and contemporary venue, with strong links to the past, to be enjoyed by many, into the future.

The Lake View is only a short walk from the Lake Inn Motel.

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City Oval Hotel

The City Oval Hotel combines elegant surroundings with traditional, welcoming hospitality and fine dining. The modern pub menu in a relaxing restaurant with a range of Beers, Ales, and Wines from around the world served from a traditional pub bar with warm friendly service and honest value.

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The Ballarat Yacht Club

Located at the Ballarat Yacht Club “Sails on the Lake” are Ballarat’s only waterfront function centre, restaurant and cafe. Ballarat's ideal venue to enjoy breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake, live music, wine and shared plate food on the very edge of beautiful Lake Wendouree.

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Mitchell Harris Cellar Door and Wine Shop

This 120 year old former produce store, tentmaker’s store, and workshop has been transformed by Ballarat wine producer Mitchell Harris Wines, providing the full tasting experience right in the heart of Ballarat.

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Ballarat Ghost Tours

Eerie Tours invites you to spend an evening exploring the dark and paranormal side of the City of Ballarat… a town steeped in early Australian History.

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Regent Cinemas

With a total of 6 Mainstream screens (2 of which screen Digital 3D) and 2 Gold Class screens, Regent Cinemas Ballarat offer a wide range of films from Blockbusters and 3D, to quality Showcase (Art-house) films screened both in standard and luxury Gold Class auditoriums.

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Avenue of Honour

The Ballarat Avenue of Honour is significant as the earliest known memorial avenue to have been planted in Victoria, and appears to have stimulated similar plantings throughout Victoria in the years 1917 to 1921.

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Bird World

With over two hundred Australian and overseas Birds to see. It is a rare chance for Australian and overseas visitors to see the colors of Australian bird life.

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Aviation Museum

A truly unique collection of flying aircraft, engines, wartime relics and equipment from the 1920s to the present day.

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Tramway Museum

Travel on part of Ballarat’s living history.

Take a ride on one of the 90 year old trams, which provided Ballarat’s main form of passenger service until 1971. The vintage tram ride covers 1.3km of original line through the beautiful Botanical Gardens by the western side of the tranquil Lake Wendouree and takes about 20 minutes.

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Her Majesty’s Theatre

Her Majesty’s has been a central part of the cultural life of Ballarat since it first opened its doors in 1875. Australia’s best preserved theatre building, it has been continuously used as Ballarat’s home of live performance ever since. It has been owned and operated by the City of Ballarat since 1987 and functions as Ballarat’s performing arts centre.

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Art Galleries

Ballarat and its historic villages are home to one of Australia’s most vibrant and diverse arts scenes.

From colonial masterpieces to cutting edge modernism, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is Australia’s finest regional gallery, an arts experience not to be missed. The region boasts a wide array of arts and culture experiences including live theatre, poetry readings, cinema, writers’ workshops, singing competitions, an abundance of small galleries and local craft shops, and much more.

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Gold Museum

The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat – a majestic provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s.

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M.A.D.E Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

With the evocative Eureka Flag as its centrepiece, M.A.D.E’s interactive and immersive exhibitions will explore the evolution and the future of democracy – looking at culture, civics, history and citizenship.

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