on December 04, 2017 See + Do

How to spend your roadnats weekend in Ballarat

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Heading to Ballarat for the Road Nats? We have created a special itinerary with everything you need to keep you fuelled, entertained and energised for the week’s competitions.

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  • Criteriums – U19 (Men & Women), U23 Men, U23 and Elite Women, Elite Men
  • National Team Relay
  • Community Free Cycle

Mitchell Harris Ballarat

Dine at the finest

Following the first day's events, get comfortable at one of our award-winning restaurants such as The Forge or Catfish Thai. Cosy up at Mitchell Harris Wines and order yourself a locally-produced gourmet dinner accompanied by a glass of the region’s best top drops. For something a bit more casual but just as delicious, head to Ballarat’s newest beer hall Hop Temple and indulge in some fine tunes, warming ales and equally warming eats (think toasties, burgers and pizzas).



  • Time Trials - Para-cycling, U23 Men, U19 (Men & Women)

Lake Wendouree Ballarat

Admire the lake and gardens precinct

Situated in the heart of Ballarat, this is the perfect area to pack a picnic and admire your natural surroundings. Find your spot at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens before meandering through the garden tracks and immersing yourself in the summer flora, or heat up the BBQ and take the family to the iconic adventure playground before heading to the Lake Wendouree foreshore and greeting the swans as they pass by the glistening waters.



  • Time Trials - U23 and Elite Women, Elite Men
  • Road Races - Para-cycling

Lake View Cycling Ballarat

Morning ride

Rise and shine – Ballarat’s cycling tracks await. Take a lap (or three) around the iconic 6-kilometre Lake Wendouree, or head into the city centre and ride through the main thoroughfares while admiring the landmark heritage architecture.

Café brilliance

Settle in to one of our prized cafes for a wholesome breakfast, delicious pastries and premium coffee. Hit up Fika Coffee Brewers in the CBD – a favourite amongst local cyclers – or visit Racer’s and The Lake View Hotel around Lake Wendouree. Gove’s Cycles and Café in North Ballarat is also a popular base for city riders. After your ride, it’s time to enjoy the day’s races. 



  • Gran Fondo
  • Road Races - U19 (Men & Women), U23 Men
  • Community ride: bring your own wheels and share the thrill of the main straight as you rocket through the finish line! (6.30pm)

Lost Ones Ballarat

Let us entertain you

Following the road races, it’s time to relax and enjoy a night on the town. Visit one of several live music venues and cultural spaces such as Karova Lounge, The Lost Ones Basement Bar or The George Hotel to catch some of the country’s biggest music acts or indulge in some cocktails, whiskey or wine.


  • Road Race - U23 and Elite Women  
  • Road Race - Elite Men 

Explore Buninyong

The main races have been held here, but now it’s time to truly explore this gem of a township, and for a little town, Buninyong has a lot going for it. Settled before Ballarat, the main street has some great examples of goldfields architecture, including the Town Hall, the Old Library and Mechanics’ Institute, and the Police Court House – all beautifully restored. As well as checking those out, make sure to venture through the village market between 10am and 4pm and see what treasures you can find. Afterwards, explore the township heritage walk, pop into one of the local cafes or restaurants, or pick up the odd bit of vintage, too, while you’re about it. The Buninyong Botanical Gardens are also a beautifully serene place to savour the weekend gone by – for adults and children alike.