Give me the night. 4 March 2017. 7am - 7pm

Ballarat is a vibrant, unique and culturally rich city. Located a 75-minute car or train ride west of Melbourne, the city is home to one of Australia’s only regional train stations landing you right in the heart of the CBD.

Ballarat’s heritage architecture, cobblestone laneways and open spaces are set to come to life through light when White Night comes to town on 4 March, giving spectators the opportunity to explore the regional city from dusk until dawn. 

Ballarat has long been defined as the city at the heart of Australia’s goldfields. And while history and heritage remain among its strongest drawcards, Ballarat is perpetually showcasing those products and experiences that synonymise it not only with gold, but with an array of contemporary and diverse offerings.

The city is full of character; everything from the historic streetscapes to the trees, the cafes to the major attractions, is full of beauty, wonder and charm. Ballarat and surrounds is full of mysteries to unearth and secrets to delve into. There’s sure to be an adventure awaiting you.

EAT AND DRINK

Ballarat is fast becoming a mecca for craft beer, fine food and local wine. Home to several craft beer breweries, award-winning restaurants, quality cafes and romantic wine bars, its eateries serve locally produced gourmet eats accompanied by the region’s top drops. Wander the streets and you’ll also come across some of the most culturally diverse eats in the country – think authentic and full-flavoured Thai, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese.

ART, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

A melting pot of art and culture, Ballarat is home to the oldest and largest regional art gallery in Australia as well as a wealth of galleries and museums that showcase historic and contemporary art from near and far. The regional city also boasts a thriving live music scene and is home to one of the country’s most iconic theatres: Her Majesty’s Theatre.

RETAIL

Ballarat’s ever-growing retail scene is sure to impress. The one-of-a-kind boutique shops stock the most on-trend threads and a plethora of unique and quirky gift ideas. Ballarat is also home to Australia’s only regional boutique perfumery, Sweet Fern. Stocking niche perfumes from Australia and overseas as well as an extensive range of Aesop products, this little shop is full to the brim with charm. 

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Ballarat is known for its many major attractions. Whether you’re travelling solo or as a family, there’s plenty to keep you entertained for hours on end.

One of the city’s best-known hotspots is Sovereign Hill. The multi award-winning attraction is the perfect way to start your goldfields adventure, providing a detailed glimpse into 19th-century life. Try your luck gold panning or stroll down the Main Street and watch everything from horseshoes to boiled lollies being handmade. With live theatre shows, rides and demonstrations, there’s definitely enough to keep you occupied for a day or two.

Other major attractions include the Ballarat Wildlife Park, Kryal Castle, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Creswick Woollen Mills and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

For more information about things to see and do in Ballarat, head to visitballarat.com.au.