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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“A magnificent gallery with historical interest and interesting permanent and exhibitions. A great little cafe on site.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Great day out for families and tourists, a great insight into Ballarat's rich gold history”
  • 46 locals recommend
Cinema
“This is one of the local cinemas and if you’re here I’d ask to have a look at the view from the top level and sneak a peek at cinema 1 with the lights on if it’s not in use! It’s beautiful and must see. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“A modern wine bar and urban cellar door with a focus on the Mitchell Harris Wines range, and wine selections from Western Victoria and further afield. A selection of pantry items as well as heat at home and take away meals now available. The full range of wine, beers & spirits for sale at heavily discounted prices, whilst stocks last. Delivery service available Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm - 8pm. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
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“Probably one of our city’s most iconic alleyways, Hop Lane will lead you through an umbrella-clad laneway to the beer hall that is Hop Temple. Serving up the best craft beer, wine and spirits from Ballarat and surrounds (as well as some equally indulgent brew food), it’s a haven for the hungry thirsty. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Coffee here is always a treat and breakfast menu is outstanding. Serving is generous and service is also very good. ”
  • 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
Zoo
“Great for families with young kids, interactive - you can feed the kangaroos! ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 2 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.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Spanish cuisine - delicious fresh seafood. A tiny but inspiringly delicious morsel of Northern Spain in the middle of Australian South. Such a hidden gem to be discovered only by accident and only in the best of companies. Outstanding tapas, including plenty of vegetarian choices, such as the most excellent aubergine slices. Obligatory churros and crema catalana due dessert are totally worth the calories. If you're thirsty and can't make it to Asturias, ask for the one drink that will properly quench your thirst.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Gardens are beautiful at all times of the year, with many interesting features, including a huge glass house, the sequoia street, the POW Memorial, Adam Lindsay Gordon's house, and the street of Prime Minister's busts. Easy walking on made paths and plenty of lawns, too.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
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“A short walk away. This spot is well known and well loved among foodies and locals. Pet-friendly!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Museum
“Ballarat History Lives Here! Definitely worth a visit. The museum has lots to offer and kids will enjoy too.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Zoo
“Open again after 1st of June!!! Ballarat Wildlife Park is an interactive wildlife park situated in The Park is situated on 37 acres of natural bush land. Famous for its Australian wildlife and up-close animal experiences, Ballarat Wildlife Park is just 90 minutes’ drive west from Melbourne. There’s around 100 free-roaming kangaroos waiting to be hand-fed as well as other Australian animals including koalas, wombats, little penguins, dingoes and Tasmanian devils. An impressive reptile house is home to ‘Crunch’ the 5-metre-long super croc, snakes, frogs and lizards. Around the park visitors will also see tree kangaroos, giant tortoises, emus, Sumatran tigers and much more. ‘Animal Encounter’ experiences offer a rare opportunity to pat a koala, cuddle a wombat or even have a snake wrapped over one's shoulders! Encounters include a professional photo as a memento of the experience. Ballarat Wildlife Park is open every day 9 am - 5 pm”
  • 15 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

Top restaurants

Bar
“Probably one of our city’s most iconic alleyways, Hop Lane will lead you through an umbrella-clad laneway to the beer hall that is Hop Temple. Serving up the best craft beer, wine and spirits from Ballarat and surrounds (as well as some equally indulgent brew food), it’s a haven for the hungry thirsty. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“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
Hotel Bar
“We love to hang out here, they serve food all day in a nice relaxed atmosphere.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Best Asian fushion in town! Great cocktails. Requires a reservation most nights!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
“This is highly recommended. Awesome deck on the Lake serving quality food and drink. Spacious and relaxed. This is one of the three cafe spots situated right on the foreshore. Not so well known to tourists but definitely a local favourite. Great dining on the water and outdoor pizza oven. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Underbar is a sixteen seat restaurant open Friday and Saturday evenings, inspired by the season and surrounds. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Probably my favourite restaurant in Ballarat and perfect for a splurge of romantic night out. This is not a typical Australian Japanese restaurant, but more like eating in a fine restaurant in Japan itself. Friday and Saturday evenings only offer excellent set menus, with vegetarian and non vegetarian options. Other nights are a la carte or set menu options. Lunchtime offers bento boxes and more. They even can match sakes to each course, or try indulge in a flight of tastings as an apperitif, serve Japanese fruit based wines or fine Australian ones. If you love Japanese food, don't miss Kambei if you can avoid it; If you have never tried it, this is the ultimate place to start. The wonderful complex menu extends way beyond just sushi and sashimi, to utterly authentic Japanese fine dining!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful café and restaurant in the heart of Ballarat right on the Lake. They have good vegetarian options and their pizza is highly recommendable. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

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