Immerse yourself in the beauty of the past, experience rich artisanal and cultural offerings, indulge yourself with the finest local food and wine or delight in the natural wonders of the Central Highlands region.
Ballarat is fast-becoming a must-visit food, wine and beer destination, with a passion for the paddock to plate ethos.
Wander the main streets and you’ll come across some fantastic cafes, stunning restaurants and local craft brew-pubs.
While farming played a huge role in the region, many of the townships surrounding Ballarat were born during the gold rush.
A great many are now renowned for their gourmet food, fine wine and old-world charm. Some of these amazing towns include Clunes, Daylesford, Talbot and Avoca.
Sovereign Hill is an ‘outdoor museum’ that presents the history of Australia’s gold rush.
Winning a host of major tourism awards, Sovereign Hill has become an Australian tourism icon, featuring the region’s 19th Century gold discoveries and Ballarat’s subsequent transformation from a small pastoral settlement to a wealthy provincial city.
Ballarat is fast-becoming known as Australia’s home of cycling.
From road cycling to mountain biking and cycle-cross, Ballarat has cycling activities for all levels of experience.
You can ride to the pinnacle of Mount Buninyong, traverse the dirt tracks and forests of the Goldfields Track or take a leisurely ride around Lake Wendouree.
DISCOVER THE PYRENEES
Just 30-minutes outside Ballarat, the Pyrenees Wine Region is renowned for its premium Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and increasingly for its fine range of sparkling wines.
You will find the bulk of the vineyards and cellar doors in and around the townships of Avoca and Moonambel.
Many of the 20+ cellar doors have boutique cafes so you can enjoy lunch while soaking up the magnificent views of the surrounding valleys and mountain ranges.