THE renowned Royal South Street Competitions are set to kick-off in August, attracting thousands of visitors from near and far to Ballarat. If you're visiting as part of this year's Eisteddfod, here's how we think you should spend your stay.
There's no denying we travel on our stomachs, so visiting our city as part of South Street provides you with the perfect opportunity to explore all our foodie options - from cafes to gastro pubs, bistros to restaurants, there's something for all tastes and budgets. And with Ballarat earning a name for itself as an emerging foodie hub, there's no excuse not to discover what we have to offer. More here.
Warming hot chocolates (Kittelty's), freak shakes (The Unicorn), Melbourne coffee, craft beer (Hop Temple), award-winning wine (Mitchell Harris), gin or whiskey (The Lost Ones) - there's a bar, cafe and restaurant that has the drink you seek.
The Biennale of Australian Art will be taking place through to November, with the entire city transformed into the largest ever showcase of Australian art. There are three villages for you to explore - the Lake and Gardens, Eureka, and the CBD - with each village boasting a number of artworks from artists all across Australia. There's visual art, sculpture, installations, music and so much more. A perfect complement to your Royal South Street visit.
Use your time here to sneak in a visit to Ballarat's top attractions including Sovereign Hill, the Ballarat Wildlife Park, Kryal Castle, the Ballarat Observatory, the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Maze House. A great way to keep the family occupied in between shows.
Ballarat is known for its beautiful outdoor spaces, and spring is the perfect time to venture outside and explore all the sweet-smelling floral fragrances, plentiful gardens and lush forests. Lake Wendouree and the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Lal Lal Falls, Woowookarung Regional Park, Buninyong Botanic Gardens and Kirk's Reservoir are perfect places to picnic, explore and immerse yourself in nature's gifts.