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Situated just over an hour west of Melbourne, Ballarat is readily accessible by car or train and within easy reach of Victoria’s two major airports.

With the pleasure of four distinct seasons, the city’s climate is a refreshing blend of Australia and Europe.
Ballarat has a successful track record of hosting international, national and state conferences and events.

Long-defined as being at the heart of Australia’s goldfields, Ballarat’s history and heritage remains among its strongest drawcards.
The city boasts modern and contemporary venues along with iconic and historically-significant function spaces, providing a unique diversity of choice for all types of events.
Think boutique hotels to convention centres, contemporary resorts to heritage spaces, outdoor reserves to museums and everything in between.
Venues include Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, RACV Goldfields Resort, Craig’s Royal Hotel and many more.
Ballarat offers a multitude of accommodation choices, from modest to magnificent. With over 5100 accommodation beds available, choose from lavish hotels, self-contained apartments, charming boutique getaways, three-star hotels and motels, or holiday parks.

Five things to do in Ballarat

  • Marvel at the gilt-framed masterpieces at Australia’s oldest regional gallery, the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
  • Explore the nation’s rich gold rush history at the award-winning Sovereign Hill.
  • Cuddle up with a koala or kangaroo at the Ballarat Wildlife Park.
  • Cross the drawbridge into a kingdom of myth, magic and fantasy at Kryal Castle.
  • Enjoy a modern Asian feast with an Australian twist at Moon & Mountain, or a Mediterranean spread at David Bromley’s coveted The Pub With Two Names

Fast facts

  • Ballarat is Australia’s second largest regional inland city.
  • For the statistically-minded, Bureau of Meteorology figures indicate the city’s average annual temperature is a mild 17.4C.
  • Most of Ballarat is laid out in a sensibly-planned grid, making the city surprisingly easy to access.
  • While gold mining made Ballarat’s fortune in the 19th century, it makes up less than one per cent of the city’s current regional domestic product.
  • Ballarat’s economic growth is underpinned by the presence of large corporations including IBM, McCain Foods, Masterfoods Australia and the FMP Group.

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