Explore the wonder that is Ballarat as the city becomes illuminated in a kaleidoscope of light, movement and sound as part of White Night.
EVENING ONE (March 3):
Dine in style
Get comfortable at one of our family-friendly restaurants serving an array of offerings sure to keep the whole family satisfied. Find your place at one of our gastro pubs including The Western or Golden City Hotel, or settle down for a feast at The Forge, Grill'd or Schnitz.
Check in to one of Ballarat’s luxurious accommodation providers. Set in some of the city’s most historic buildings, these locales are not only rich in history but will provide your clan with the perfect home base during your stay. For an equally comfortable visit, book your place at a motel or holiday park located only moments away from the White Night action in the CBD.
SATURDAY MARCH 4
Start off the day with a wholesome breakfast and premium coffee at one of Ballarat’s prized cafes such as Webster’s Market and Café or The Local. Take up a table at Yellow Expresso and indulge in one of their locally-renowned souvlakis or enjoy the relaxed setting at The Turret.
Admire Australia’s fauna
Take a drive to the Ballarat Wildlife Park and get up-close-and-personal with some cuddly koalas, cute kangaroos and (not-so-cute) crocs. The outdoor sanctuary houses Australia’s oldest-known common wombat Patrick and is also home to Charlie Parker; the country’s most-loved kid ranger.
Cultural culinary delights
It’s important to keep the whole family fuelled for the night ahead. Ballarat’s reputation as a melting pot of culture is continuously evolving, and the city is home to some of the most culturally-diverse eats in the country. Enjoy a true Italian culinary experience at Carboni’s, take in teppanyaki tastes at Asahi, devour dumplings by the mouthful at Fu Man Lou or embrace the Latino feels at the Spanish experience that is Café Meigas.
Reimagine the night
Watch as Ballarat’s renowned Victorian buildings are illumined with grand-scale projections as part of Australia’s first regional White Night. The event will celebrate the city’s present and future while telling stories of a rich and golden history through light and sound. Prominent heritage buildings will come to life, historic laneways will glow alight and the spirits of yesteryear will come to the fore.
SUNDAY MARCH 5
Brunch and art
Head on into the Art Gallery of Ballarat – Australia’s oldest regional art gallery – and continue the weekend’s arts fix. Located in one of the city’s most iconic thoroughfares Lydiard Street, the gallery will provide you with a decent dose of history. Take your time as you walk through the permanent collection of historic fine art as well as the indigenous and contemporary art. Many of the works on display are accompanied by questions for the children so they too can immerse themselves in the work. After your gallery visit, pop into the adjoining Kittelty’s café and grab yourself some brunch. The café menu sources local ingredients and the coffee is locally-made.
Explore the magic of the 1800s
Drive to the award-winning tourist attraction Sovereign Hill where you’ll spend the rest of your day. Australia’s number one outdoor museum, the award-winning tourist attraction provides you with a detailed glimpse into 19th century life. Try your luck gold-panning, stroll down the Main Street, take a mine tour, watch live performances or indulge in a bag of iconic Raspberry Drops. There are also plenty of lunch options at Sovereign Hill, but for a truly delicious experience, visit the New York Bakery and partake in their award-winning pastries.