The culinary world is sitting up and paying attention to Ballarat courtesy of its booming food scene.
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This modern Asian eatery and bar with an Australian twist will have you begging for more.
In 2018, Moon and Mountain executive chef Liam Downes won the Golden Plate Award for best chef, with judges saying he has "all the credentials to lead the way in putting Ballarat firmly on the food map of regional Victoria".
The Provincial Hotel has housed a myriad of publicans and hoteliers over the decades, each enriching the hotel with greater grandeur.
Its boutique accommodation perfectly combines the building's history and a contemporary, fresh element with beautiful fabrics, furniture and art.
Start your weekend in Ballarat the right way with a delicious and comforting breakfast.
Fika is popular among the locals, the coffee is great and the meals always hit the spot.
Try the avocado on toast, eggs benedict with 12-hour slow-cooked pork belly, or the hotcakes served with maple syrup, bacon and fried eggs.
Established in 1884, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest and largest gallery in regional Australia.
It houses major collections covering the history of Australian art from the early colonial period to the present day.
This restaurant is from the couple who brought you the award-winning Catfish Thai, so you know you're in for a treat.
Think contemporary Asian dishes that are ideal for sharing or a long lingering dinner.
Take yourself on a sensory discovery and visit Saltbush Kitchen, where you can enjoy the tastes and aromas of premium Australian flavours such as wattleseed, aniseed myrtle, strawberry gum and more.
Step inside this refurbished 1870s produce store and workshop and experience the great wines and stories of Western Victoria at this industrial cool cellar door and wine bar.
Cosy up by the fire or soak up the sun with a glass or two of wine matched with the best of the region’s produce, from bar snacks and shared plates to a full dining experience.
Pronounced "oon-de-bar", Underbar is a hatted Ballarat dining experience like no other.
Derek Boath (formerly of New York's three-Michelin star restaurant per se) serves up a chef's tasting table inspired by the season and surrounds. Only 12 people can dine at any one time, with seats sold out weeks in advance.
Lola is a beautiful eatery within The Provincial Hotel.
Start your day with a coffee made from St Ali coffee beans and a tasty breakfast with ingredients from local producers.
Think decadent French toast, chorizo and bean cassoulet or the Lola breakfast, which is everything you'd want from a big breakfast.
To market, to market to buy direct from the region's farmers, bakers, growers and makers.
In the grandeur of Craig's Royal Hotel's Grand Dining Room, sip a tea, coffee or glass of sparkling wine while indulging in classic finger sandwiches, savouries, scones and petit fours.
Then uncover the hidden beauty of the gold rush era hotel with a guided tour of the Royal Suites, historical banquet rooms and bluestone cellar.