BALLARAT is one of regional Australia's most bustling arts and cultural destinations. Here are our top picks for a getaway filled with music and entertainment.
Probably Ballarat's most iconic live music venues, this spot attracts some of Australia's most renowned musicians and performers while promoting the local acts that are well on the way to making themselves known across the country.
This elusive space is housed underneath the contemporary Lost Ones Gallery in a 19th-century Masonic Lodge, which in itself is cause for curiosity. Serving up cocktails, food and live music, this venue has an ambience and history that make for quite the night out.
While Her Majesty's Theatre will be closed for much of 2018 to undergo a solid refurb, this venue stands proud as the epitome of arts in Ballarat and is one of the oldest Australian regional theatres of its kind. Whether its theatre, live music, comedy or children's entertainment - the Her Maj season of the events will always delight.
A recent addition to the live music scene, The Cabaret Club is located adjacent to the Gold Rush Mini Golf theme park. Charismatic and versatile, it plays hosts to a range of live performances. Comedy, cabaret, motown, soul and pop - you'll find it at the club.
There's something very special about listening to music reverberate through the walls of a gallery and the Art Gallery of Ballarat hosts some high calibre performers from near and far, allowing guests to immerse themselves in this artistic trove while soaking up all the glorious tunes.
Part of the historic George Hotel, The Lane is one of the city's iconic laneways and another top pick for live music and entertainment. While the laneway itself plays host to a range of music acts from Ballarat and beyond (plus food and drinks to boot), the venue's Lounge and accompanying nightclub also provide hours of weekend entertainment. (Also, if you venture through the lane's back gates you'll enter another bustling world of food and culture at Hop Temple - a must-see during your Ballarat visit).
Jazz, classical, and contemporary - this historic Ballarat gem allows you to soak up the sounds of today against the backdrop of yesteryear. A repository rich in heritage, it's a unique and stunning space to sit back and enjoy an afternoon or evening of entertainment.