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Ballarat has transformed, over the past 20 years in particular. ‘Back in the day’, we used to be able to drive from one side of Ballarat to the other, ie Sebastopol to Wendouree, in 15 mins. Now we have peak hour traffic!

My childhood was full of adventure, surrounded by paddocks, with horses and highland cattle and many mullock heaps to explore. I now drive around, what was once paddocks, where houses and cars are banked up on the footpaths.
Ballarat’s growth now offers something for everyone.

Expanding housing estates, large shopping centres, endless food options catering for the developing palate and a variety of new and emerging businesses that give Ballarat a competitive edge to other regional towns.

If you are new to Ballarat, welcome. Here are some of my top picks of things to do, that give you variety and options to learn more about Ballarat and step into something a little different.

Ballarat Heritage Tours – The city built by gold

Ballarat Heritage Tours invites you to discover the city’s golden past, from the first gold rush diggers, to the birth of a prominent, wealthy city. Explore Ballarat’s grand Victorian streetscapes of opulent ”Boomtown” architecture and become captivated by the history behind the facades. True tales of rebellion, tragedy and triumph, fortunes won and lost, along with the city’s highest achievers and world famous visitors.

Here is your chance to discover the city built by gold.

Ballarat Heritage Tours
Image from Ballarat Heritage Tours

The Mallow

The Mellow, located a few blocks from Sturt St, is a cosy and friendly local pub, serving up Ballarat’s largest range of Independent beers on tap.

The menu consists of all the pub classics, plus more gastropub style dishes.

In winter there are open fires to keep you warm, and you can now enjoy the outdoors all year round in the courtyard, which boasts a huge wood fireplace and pool table.

Photo from Visit Victoria The Mellow Hotel

Michael Unwin Wines

Offering cellar door experience for visitors, Michael, a storyteller at heart, is keen to share the process of winemaking with his customers, from planting to bottling and of course – tasting.

Where everything from grape growing, vinifying, bottling, packaging, warehousing, distribution and public tastings and sales is done at the one location

Open 7 days a week from 10 am – 5pm Michael and his staff look forward to welcoming you to Ballarat’s own winery.

Photo from Michael Unwin Wines Facebook


Opened early February 2020, Volta is a live music venue in the heart of Ballarat.

Volta is a venue that heroes live music and all live creative performance. Revamping an iconic music venue and continuing its legacy of supporting the local music scene, as well as bringing the best live acts that Australia has to offer.

You can expect an open, safe, dynamic and engaging atmosphere, a diverse array of drinks, and moving tap beer options.

Volta is a place to socialise and engage, whilst presenting an array of diverse acts, events and people.

Photo from Volta Facebook

Pique-Nique Ballarat

Are you dreaming of long, beautiful picnics in the sun with your closest friends?
Then look no further than Pique-Nique Ballarat.

Their picnics can be tailored to suit a range of occasions, whether it be that special anniversary or milestone birthday.

Simply select your location, invite your guests, arrange your catering and we will look after the rest. On the day you will arrive to a lavishly styled pop-up picnic. And best of all after you have had a great time, there is no packing up, washing dishes, or lugging anything home.

They will take care of it all.

So, if you would rather spend time with your guests, than spend time setting and packing up, Get in touch with them today. We would love to make your Pique-Nique perfect.

Photo from Pique-Nique Ballarat Facebook

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