A LITTLE bit of rain shouldn’t keep anyone away from Ballarat. Here’s a list of five things to do even if the weather isn’t cooperating.
Ballarat’s diverse cafe scene is something to write home about, with the city’s cafes sourcing their produce fresh from the surrounding paddocks and patches. With award-winning cafes featuring locally-roasted coffee as well as caffeine from the likes of Axil, Supreme, Padre and Sensory Lab, you’ll be able to accompany your wholesome, delicious brunches (think Avo Smash, Corn Fritters and Eggs Hollandaise) with some super-satisfying warming drinks.
Head on into the Art Gallery of Ballarat – Australia’s oldest regional art gallery. 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. Afterwards, head over to The Lost Ones Gallery and admire the contemporary art housed in a majestic 19th century Masonic lodge.
Hit up one of Ballarat’s iconic live music venues or historic spaces including Her Majesty’s Theatre, Karova Lounge, Hop Temple The George or Suttons House of Music and admire the touring acts and local musicians as they take to the stage.
There’s a reason Ballarat is becoming known as the craft beer capital of Australia. The city is home to craft beer breweries and hotspots including The Mallow, Rebellion, Athletic Club, Red Duck Brewery, Cubby Haus and Coach House Ale. 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 you find your place at an award-winning James Halliday red star rated winery.
Make sure to check-in to one of the city’s boutique accommodation providers housed in some of our most historic locales. For a dose of nouveau with a Victorian-era twist, check out the newly-renovated Lascelles Terraces. Luxury accommodation Ballarat Premier Apartments or the cosy yet contemporary Greenfield Place will also provide a stunning home base.