Mercure Ballarat Local Attractions
Welcome to Ballarat
Located only 75 minutes from Melbourne, Ballarat is home to some amazing and memorable local attractions and experiences for everyone to enjoy.
Today Ballarat is one of the top tourist attractions in the state because of its great variety and diversity of different activities and attractions to see.
Whether you want to experience life in the 1850’s, dabble in medieval times or simply take in the freshness of the country, Ballarat is definitely the place to visit.
Art & Culture
Ballarat is home to wonderful art and cultural experiences from boutique art galleries, pottery houses and antique shops to a variety of cafes and local markets. There is something for everyone at Ballarat.
A popular attraction to visit is the Art Gallery of Ballarat which hosts an abundance of artwork featuring art that dates back to the colonial period. Her Majesty’s Theatre boasts a continuous calendar of inspirational and amazing plays, live shows and the Royal South Street Competition. Experience another side of Ballarat through its culture and its beautiful artwork while enjoying your visit in this areas of Victoria.
Gastro Pubs and Breweries
The pub is always a welcoming respite especially on winter days as an escape from the great outdoors. But while back in the day, we’d be happy with a plate of hot chips and a pint of ale, these days we expect a lot more.
Ballarat has become renowned for some of the best gastro pubs, offering fine food, great beer and local wine selections too. Also recognised for its crafted beer and amazing breweries, Ballarat is the place to explore to sample some of the amazing tastes.
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Galleries and Museums
Explore Ballarat and enrich yourself in some amazing architectural and artistic history conserved from the prosperity of the 1850’s gold rush era.
Ballarat is home to many galleries and museums such as The Gold Museum, M.A.D.E, Gallery On Sturt, The Convent Gallery Daylesford, Red Brick Gallery, and the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.
All these and more will give you a wonderful experience while enjoying history at its finest here at Ballarat.
Wine and Food
Home to Eastern Peak Winery, Passing Cloud Winery, Captain Creek Organic Winery, Mount Buninyong Winery and Mount Beckworth Wines, as well as the nearby wine making regions of the Pyrenees and Grampians, Ballarat is at the heart of an exciting and flourishing food and wine region.
The mist-shrouded vineyards around Ballarat are famous for subtly-fragrant pinot noir, chardonnay and elegant sparkling wines. Winemakers are also having success with Riesling, and even Shiraz. Low temperatures and yields, combined with small boutique wineries, are giving Ballarat wines a premium reputation.
Home to Captain Creek Organic Winery, Mount Buninyong Winery and Mount Beckworth Wines, as well as the nearby wine making regions of the Pyrenees and Grampians, Ballarat offers wine lovers an abundance of winery tours and wine tasting while visiting the local area.
A visit to the region is a must during the annual Ballarat by the Glass wine weekend, starting on the Melbourne Cup Weekend and running for the month of November, with events at cellar doors around the region.
Also in November, Ballarat Good Food serves up a month-long program of mouth-watering wining and dining celebrations.
Nearby Attractions to Experience While Visiting Ballarat
- Sovereign Hill
- Spa and Wellness
- Creswick Woollen Mills
- Ballarat Wildlife Park
- Australian Ex-Prisoners Of War Memorial
- Bird World
- Ballarat Tramway Museum
- Ballarat Observatory
- Kryal Castle
- Tuki Trout Farm
- Her Majesty’s Theatre
- Antique shops
- Wineries and Breweries
- Local Markets