hite Night Ballarat will present you with the perfect opportunity to explore the gems that lie hidden across Ballarat and surrounds. Here is our list of five things to see, do and eat!
1. Wine and Dine
Ballarat’s food and wine scene is ever-growing, with a plethora of choice when it comes to restaurants, wineries and cafes. Get comfortable at one of the city’s award-winning restaurants or romantic wine bars such as The Forge, Hop Temple or Mitchell Harris Wines or find your place at one of Australia’s best Thai eateries Catfish. If you’re after a caffeine hit, make sure to visit one of our prized cafes and accompany your coffee with a wholesome meal.
2. Art and Culture
Take a tour of the oldest and largest regional art gallery in Australia, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, and admire the permanent collection of contemporary and colonial art. Then wander the many celebrated independent galleries in the CBD such as The Lost Ones or Post Office Gallery. Make sure to also check out Ballarat’s premier live music venues including Karova Lounge or Suttons House of Music and wander through the elusive laneways and discover more sound, movement and art amongst the light.
Ballarat’s ever-growing boutique shops will leave you speechless with the likes of Blanc, Such ‘N’ Such and Wen and Ware stocking the most on-trend threads while retailers including Gems + Jewels offer a plethora of unique and quirky gift ideas. Ballarat is also home to Australia’s only regional boutique perfumery Sweet Fern. Stocking a range of niche perfumes from Australia and overseas as well as an extensive range of Aesop products, this little shop is full to the brim with charm
4. The Wine Region
If you’re up for the drive, head out to the Pyrenees Wine Region where wineries and wonderments are ample. Admire the rolling hills and stunning vineyards before visit one of the James Halliday five red-star rates wineries where you can savour in the region’s top drops.
Ballarat is known for its major award-winning attractions. Hot spots including Sovereign Hill, the Ballarat Wildlife Park, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and Creswick Woollen Mills will complete your holiday experience.