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History & gold itinerary

With a history forged in gold, explore Ballarat's rich past with this three-day curated itinerary.

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3-day Itinerary

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Total distance: 22 km

Fitness level : moderate

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DAY 1

1

Arch View Cafe

2

Arch of Victory

3

Ballarat's Historic Streetscapes Walking Tour

4

Kittelty’s at the Gallery

5

Art Gallery of Ballarat

6

Craig’s Royal Hotel Ballarat

7

Bloody Ballarat Tour

DAY 2

8

Golden City Hotel

9

Sovereign Hill

10

Gold Museum

11

AURA

12

Craig’s Royal Hotel Ballarat

DAY 3

13

The Provincial Hotel

14

Ballarat's Historic Statues Walking Tour

15

Carboni’s Italian Kitchen

16

Eureka Centre

1

Day 1

Breakfast at the Arch View Cafe

Food and history combine at the Arch View Cafe, overlooking Ballarat's historic Arch of Victory.

Think high quality modern dishes with an emphasis on fresh and healthy ingredients sourced from the local area.

CONTACT INFORMATION

1728 Sturt Street, Alfredton VIC 3350Get directions

MON: 7am - 3pm
TUE: 7am - 3pm
WED: 7am - 3pm
THU: 7am - 3pm
FRI: 7am - 3pm
SAT: 7am - 3pm
SUN: 8am - 3pm
2

Day 1

Arch of Victory, Avenue of Honour, and Garden of the Grieving Mother

Ballarat's Avenue of Honour (1917-1919) and Arch of Victory (1920) were erected as memorials to the people of the Ballarat region who served in World War I.

Australia's longest commemorative avenue, the Avenue of Honour consists of 3771 trees planted along 22km of the Ballarat-Burrumbeet Rd.

The Arch of Victory marks the beginning of the Avenue of Honour and was built in just three-and-a-half months.

The Garden of the Grieving Mother completes the iconic Arch of Victory precinct. With its central statue of a grieving mother clutching a photo of her lost son, the garden stands as a permanent reminder of the inevitable consequences of war.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Top end of Sturt St, BallaratGet directions

3

Day 1

Ballarat's Historic Streetscapes Walking Tour

Discover the grand architectural links to Ballarat's dramatic past with this self-guided walking tour.

Access the tour online or pick up a hard copy from the Ballarat Information Centre at the Town Hall.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Ballarat Information Centre, 225 Sturt St, BallaratGet directions

4

Day 1

Lunch at Kittelty's

Nestled in the Art Gallery of Ballarat is Kittelty's — a warm and cosy cafe offering food that is handmade daily with ingredients sourced predominantly from Ballarat and surrounds.

Decked out in charming vintage bric a brac, it's a lovely spot for some quiet time with a good book.

CONTACT INFORMATION

40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

DAILY: 10am - 4pm
5

Day 1

Art Gallery of Ballarat

Opened in 1890, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest and largest regional gallery in Australia. 

The focus of the gallery's collection is to present the history of Australian art through paintings and works on paper with selections of sculpture and decorative arts.

CONTACT INFORMATION

40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

DAILY: 10am - 5pm
6

Day 1

Dinner and accommodation at Craig's Royal Hotel

Craig's Royal Hotel has been a goldfields icon since Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, slept in its ornately-decorated rooms in 1867 and Dame Nellie Melba famously sang from its balcony in 1908.

CONTACT INFORMATION

10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

7

Day 1

Bloody Ballarat Tour

Discover Ballarat's darkside with an evening of murder, mystery and mayhem.

Conducted through the heart of downtown Ballarat, this tour experience is a must for lovers of true crime and Australian history.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Friday and Saturday: 8pm (9pm daylight savings)
8

Day 2

Breakfast at the Golden City Hotel

Originally the Adelphi Hotel, the Golden City Hotel was built in 1856.

Today, it offers an exceptional range of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

CONTACT INFORMATION

427 Sturt Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

MON: 8am - 9pm
TUE: 8am - 9pm
WED: 8am - 9pm
THU: 8am - 9pm
FRI: 8am - 11pm
SAT: 8am - 11pm
SUN: 8am - 9pm
9

Day 2

Sovereign Hill

Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill recreates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851, when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.

It’s just like stepping back in time — from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

DAILY: 10am - 5pm
10

Day 2

Gold Museum

The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat with an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and gold coins.

Its holdings also include 150,000 items covering everything from mining and military history through to costume and photography.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

DAILY: 9am - 5pm
11

Day 2

AURA

Feel the vibrations as stars explode in front of your eyes, watch as the land is transformed by the gold rush, and dive into the chaos of the Eureka Rebellion as you witness the creation and discovery of the world's most precious metal.

AURA is Sovereign Hill's new immersive theatre experience. Make a night of it with the two-course pre-show dinner.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Bradshaw Street, Golden Point VIC 3350Get directions

12

Day 2

Craig's Royal Hotel

Return to Craig's Royal Hotel to rest your weary head before another big day of exploring.

CONTACT INFORMATION

10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

13

Day 3

Breakfast at Lola

Recognised by the National Trust, The Provincial Hotel has housed a myriad of publicans and hoteliers since it was built in 1909.

The hotel's restaurant, Lola, offers a relaxed and elegant dining experience, beautifully styled in The Provincial's signature design.

CONTACT INFORMATION

121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions

14

Day 3

Ballarat's Historic Statues Walking Tour

Experience Sturt Street as an open-air gallery of priceless sculptures and monuments and observe the wealth of stories set in stone along the grand boulevard.

Access this self-guided walking tour online or pick up a hard copy from the Ballarat Information Centre at the Town Hall.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Ballarat Information Centre, 225 Sturt St, BallaratGet directions

15

Day 3

Lunch at Carboni's Italian Kitchen

Carboni’s Italian Kitchen pays homage to Raffaello Carboni, an Italian national who arrived on the Ballarat goldfields in 1853 and was later elected to the local court to adjudicate mining disputes.

The tenacious and colourful character displayed by Carboni lives on through the restaurant's extensive menu of modern and traditional Italian cuisine.

CONTACT INFORMATION

152 Eureka Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

DAILY: 5pm - 9pm
WED: 12pm - 3pm
THU: 12pm - 3pm
FRI: 12pm - 3pm
SAT: 12pm - 3pm
SUN: 12pm - 3pm
16

Day 3

Eureka Centre

Across the road from Carboni's Italian Kitchen is the Eureka Centre.

Situated on the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade, the centre houses the historic Eureka flag, a symbol of Australian democracy. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

102 Stawell Street South, Eureka VIC 3350Get directions

DAILY: 10am - 5pm

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