on December 04, 2017 See + Do

How to spend your roadnats weekend in Ballarat

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Heading to Ballarat for the Cycling Australia Road Nationals? We have created a special itinerary with all the inspiration you need to keep you fuelled, entertained and energised in between the weekend competitions.

FRIDAY

Events
- Criterium (11.00am to 7.30pm)-           Zwift National Championships (8.00pm to 9.00pm) 

Morning: Breakfast at Fika
Enjoy a seasonal breakfast accompanied by a cup of Sensory Lab coffee at this Scandinavian-inspired café that oozes all the hygge feels.

Noon: The Art Gallery of Ballarat or The Ballarat Wildlife Park
Ballarat is known for its major attractions, and The Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Wildlife Park are two of the city’s most-loved. Satisfy the culture vulture inside you at Australia’s oldest and largest regional art gallery, or get up-close-and-personal with Australia’s native fauna and exotic reptiles.

Lunch: Kittelty’s at The Gallery
Whether you were able to visit the Art Gallery or not, the adjoining café Kittelty’s is worth dropping into. Savour the seasonal, homemade dishes, and pick up some local pantry goods and yummy treats while you’re at it.

Evening: Dinner at The Pub with Two Names
Settle in for a contemporary pub meal at this newly-opened Bromley space. Surround yourself with artistic wonders from the Bromley and Co. catalogue, and indulge in an equally wonderful dinner.

Night: Brews at Hop Temple
Wander down one of the city’s elusive laneways until you find yourself at Ballarat’s craft beer hub. Boasting a range of locally-brewed craft beers, wine and spirits, Hop Temple is the perfect space to relax after the first day of competitions.

SATURDAY

Events
- Grand Fondo National Championships (7am, 9.00am, 11.00am, 2.45pm) 

Morning: City ride
Ride up and down Ballarat’s main thoroughfare Sturt Street and admire the historic architecture and tree-lined boulevards. Make your way up to the iconic Arch of Victory before heading back into the city for your morning feed.

Breakfast: Europa Café
Following your morning ride, find your table at Europa Café and fuel up with a wholesome breakfast and coffee to kick start your day.

Explore the magic of the 1800s
If you can afford to miss the morning’s races, use this time to explore Ballarat’s award-winning tourist attraction Sovereign Hill. Australia’s number one outdoor museum will 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 food options, but for a truly delicious experience, visit the award-winningHope Bakery and partake in their delicious pastries. Evening: Community movie

Make your way to Buninyong and enjoy the summer community movie at Desoza Park. The kids can enjoy themselves at the playground and you can while the evening away in the beautiful parkland surroundings. 

Night: Top drops at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar
If you can find yourself a babysitter, make sure to hit up Mitchell Harris Wine Bar for a well-deserved night cap. Experience the top drops of the region and order yourself some warming eats to round off your day.  

SUNDAY

Events
- Ride with Championships (7.00am)
- CyclingTips Community Ride (7.30am)
- Road Race (8.30am, 12.30pm)

Morning: Ride the lake
Take a few laps around the iconic 6-kilometre Lake Wendouree, and admire the natural surrounds and native fauna along the way. If the rest of the family doesn’t want to come along for the ride, have them explore the lake’s adventure playgrounds and the historic Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

Breakfast: Lakeside cafes
After the lakeside ride, settle into Racer’s or The Lake View Hotel. You’ll be provided with the perfect fix of caffeine to see you through the day’s races, as well as a menu of fine fare and classic restaurant meals for the whole family. 

Afternoon: Explore Buninyong
With the main races held in Buninyong, you’ll have the chance to truly explore this gem of a township. Settled before Ballarat, its main street has some great examples of goldfields architecture which you can discover along the Buninyong Heritage Walk – with stops including the Town Hall, the Old Library and Mechanics’ Institute, and the Police Court House. The village also boasts several bakeries and cafes, as well as the beautiful Buninyong Botanic Gardens – the perfect place to savour the weekend gone by. 

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