BALLARAT is a city renowned Australia-wide as a cycling hotspot. So when you visit our neck of the woods to experience the hype for yourself, here's how we think you should spend your time.
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.
Morning ride: The cityscape
Ride up and down Ballarat’s main thoroughfare Sturt Street and admire the historic architecture and tree-lined boulevards. Make your way to the iconic Arch of Victory before heading back into the city.
Noon: The Art Gallery of Ballarat
Ballarat is known for its major attractions, and The Art Gallery of Ballarat is one of the city’s most-loved. Ride along the historic Lydiard Street where you'll reach your destination before satisfying the culture vulture inside you at the oldest and largest regional art gallery.
Lunch: Kittelty’s at The Gallery
The gallery's 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 straight from the grill.
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.
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, as well as a menu of fine fare and classic restaurant meals.
Noon: Wallaby Track
If you've still got some energy left in the day, tackle a portion or two of the Goldfields Track's Wallaby Track. The 25 kilometre segment between Ballarat and Creswick includes gentle gradients and lung busting climbs as you head into the Dividing Range. With long sections of singletrack through open native forest – it’s great riding with a few climbs to test the legs.
Dinner: Mitchell Harris Wine Bar
Enjoy some seasonal fare accompanied by a glass of the region's top drops at this award-winning wine bar. You've earned it.
Breakfast: Europa Café
Find your table at Europa Café (a local favourite amongst cyclists) and fuel up with a wholesome breakfast and coffee to kick start your day.
Morning: Buninyong ride
Set out to the township of Buninyong, where cycling tracks and wonderments abound. Test your endurance on the ride to the top of Mount Buninyong, and cycle along the hills and streetscapes of this historic village.
Afternoon: Explore Buninyong
Settled before Ballarat, Buninyong's 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, coffee in-hand.