on May 22, 2019 Insider

The top questions at the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre

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WHO better to ask for the best local knowledge than the locals themselves at the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre? Here are some of the most common questions asked at the VIC at the Ballarat Town Hall.

What are Ballarat's main attractions?
The Ballarat Pass offers discounted entry to four of the city's most popular attractions — Sovereign Hill, the Ballarat Wildlife Park, Kryal Castle and the Eureka Centre. Some of our most popular free attractions include the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, and the Prime Ministers Avenue.

Can you recommend a self-guided walk?
Two of our most popular self-guided walks are Ballarat's Historic Streetscapes Walking Tour and Ballarat's Historic Statues Walking Tour.

Sovereign Hill

How do I get to Sovereign Hill? And how much are tickets?
Sovereign Hill is located in Bradshaw St, Ballarat. It can be easily accessed by car, public bus and tour coach services which operate daily from Melbourne. The Goldrush Special is a V/Line train initiative where a courtesy return coach service meets trains at Ballarat Train Station to take visitors to and from Sovereign Hill. Entry to Sovereign Hill is adult $58.50, concession $46.80, child (5-15 years) $26.20, child under five years free, family (two adults and up to four children) $148, and single family (one adult and up to three children) $106.

What are some free things to do in Ballarat?
How about a walk around Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens or the Art Gallery of Ballarat? Or a self-guided walking tour?

Where are the nearest toilets?
The public toilets at the Ballarat Town Hall (access via Bath Lane) which are open weekdays between 8am and 5pm. These toilets include adult and baby change facilities. For a full list of Ballarat's public toilets, visit The National Public Toilet Map

Where can I get a map of Ballarat?
Free maps of Ballarat are available at the Visitor Information Centre or online.

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What's on at the Art Gallery of Ballarat?
Visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat website to find out about current and upcoming exhibitions and events.

Where is the Avenue of Honour?
The 22km Avenue of Honour begins at the Arch of Victory in Alfredton, runs west to Lake Burrumbeet and heads north underneath the Ballarat Avenue of Honour Overpass. It continues along Avenue Road and ends at Weatherboard-Learmonth Road.

Where can I buy the best coffee?
Where do we begin?! The options are endless! Click here for a guide to Ballarat's cafes. 

Where can I find bus and train timetables?
Click here for bus timetables and here for V/Line train timetables.

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Where are the nearest supermarkets?
The closest supermarkets to the Visitor Information Centre are Coles (6-20 Peel St Sth), Woolworths (7-25 Eastwood St) and Aldi (102-114 Creswick Rd).

Where are the nearest dump points?
You can find dump points for caravans at the BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park and Eureka Stockade Holiday Park. Note, a fee is required to use these dump points.

Where can I find low-cost camping spots?
Check out Smythesdale Gardens, Haddon Lions Park, Iron Furnace at Lal Lal Campground, Creswick's Slaty Creek Campground, and the Surface Point Picnic Area at the Enfield State Park.