Ballarat – Tourist Information
Ballarat and Its Historic Villages
The world flocked to Ballarat in the 1850s in search of gold. Today you can discover your own treasures when you travel to and around Ballarat and its historic villages. It’s where history comes to life.
The Ballarat region has become one of Australia’s premier tourism destinations, offering a vibrant arts and cultural scene, cool climate wine trail, gourmet food to be enjoyed, some of Australia’s best cycling and walking trails, vintage shopping and world renowned attractions. All set against Australia’s best preserved gold heritage architectural backdrop.
Ballarat offers a diversity of accommodation, from grand five star indulgences through to family friendly holiday parks and inns. The city hums with great restaurants, a diverse retail sector, quirky cafes and stylish wine bars and cider houses. Sovereign Hill, the Ballarat Wild Life Park, Museum of Australian Democracy (opening in early 2013) and Kryal Castle offer plenty of fun and frivolity. If you are hoping to wind down, pack a picnic and laze in the lush parklands surrounding Lake Wendouree, buy a homemade ice cream and take a stroll around the foreshore or book yourself into one of the many spa retreats.
For those feeling energetic Ballarat is home to Australia’s National Road Race cycling course, so don the helmet and get pedalling, or pack the rucksack and take to the many walking trails around the region.
If history is your thing, the Ballarat region is your destination. Ballarat and its surrounding historic villages offer more insights into Australia’s history than any other region in Australia. The region’s distinctive architecture provides a compelling backdrop for the rich stories of gold, power, politics and drama of the last two centuries.
The region is sure to offer the cycling holiday you are looking for.
For more information contact Ballarat Regional Tourism
Call 03 5320 5758 or 1800 44 66 33 (Freecall within Australia)