Situated a 75 minute drive north-west of Melbourne, Ballarat is readily accessible from all parts of Victoria and Australia via an excellent highway and freeway network.
Ballarat is also 90 minutes drive from Victoria’s two major airports, Melbourne International (Tullamarine) and Geelong’s domestic Avalon airport. Ballarat Coach Lines run a daily Melbourne Airport Shuttle service to and from Ballarat.
Or if you prefer to sit back and relax, why not catch the train? V/Line offers regular services between Melbourne and Ballarat throughout the week and weekends.
Car Hire / Self Drive
Car rental is available through all major car rental companies (Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty) in airport or city locations. From Melbourne (drive time is approximately 1 hour and 30 mins) and from Avalon (drive time is approximately 60 minutes).
From Melbourne Tullamarine:
Get on Western Ring Road/M80 in Tullamarine from Airport Drive Exit and Airport Drive. Take National Highway M8 to Ballarat-Burrumbeet Road/C805 in Warrenheip. Take exit towards Melbourne from National Highway M8 and then continue on C805. Take Dana Street to Raglan Street South in Ballarat Central.
Get on M1, follow the M1 to Anakie Road in Lovely Banks. Take the exit from M1. Take Steiglitz Road/C142 to Midland Highway/A300 in Lethbridge and then turn right onto Midland Highwat/A300. Continue on Drummond Street South/C305. Drive to Raglan Street South in Ballarat Central.
Ballarat Coach Lines
The Airport Shuttlebus service is a vital transport link for the Western Victorian Region. With 138 regular weekly services to and from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, Airport Shuttlebus aims to make your travelling experience affordable.
V/Line is Australia’s largest regional public transport operator with over 1700 train services each week to and from Melbourne.
p: 1800 800 007
An Internationally acclaimed tourist attraction, Sovereign Hill brings to life the colour and excitement of Australia’s 1850s Gold Rush providing a full day’s entertainment with hands-on experiences.
It’s just like stepping back in time to goldrush Ballarat – from Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the diggings where visitors pan for real gold and it’s ‘finders keepers’!
There’s an underground mine, street theatre and the opportunity to be photographed with costumed characters. See a spectacular $150,000 gold pour and chat with the blacksmiths, candlemakers and confectioners who make souvenirs onsite.
Blood on the Southern Cross
By night, Sovereign Hill presents its spectacular, multi-million dollar sound and light show ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, the dramatic battle of the 1854 Eureka Uprising.
‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ involves no actors – just voices, dazzling sound and light effects and a stunning open air set.
Visitors travel across the site on a comfortable transporter and view much of the action from the re-created Free Trade Hotel on the Eureka Diggings.
A two-course meal is also available onsite prior to the show.
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Get up close to you beautiful Aussie Wildlife.
In relaxed bush surroundings you can enjoy an interactive experience with our iconic animals:
- Hand feed over 100 kangaroos and joeys
- Pat a koala, wombat…even a snake
- Meet “Crunch” the super 5 metre crocodile in his brand new billabong
- See Tassie Devils at feed time
- Extensive reptile collection
The Art Gallery of Ballarat
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is one of Australia’s great art galleries. It offers residents and visitors a vigorous and exciting program of exhibitions, as well as providing an opportunity to walk through the entire span of Australia’s art history.
The Gallery is the oldest regional art gallery in Australia and is housed in a superb, heritage listed building in the heart of Ballarat’s historic CBD.
The Gallery has been collecting Australian art continuously since it was founded in 1884, with the result that is able to present the history of Australian Art to the current time with impressive examples of work by most major Australian artists of all periods. A secondary focus is the work of regional artists, tell Ballarat’s story in art.
Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E)
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) is an Australian museum, which engages visitors in the compelling story of democracy. The stories are told of the ordinary men and women, past and present, which have fought for the democratic freedoms we enjoy today.
Located on the historic site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade, M.A.D.E explores the powerful story of Eureka as a significant part of the struggle for peoples’ rights in Australia and around the world. M.A.D.E commemorates the pivotal role of the Stockade in shaping Australia’s democracy. This is where a group of largely young people fought injustice, and won some of the first democratic right in the world.
Iconic historic objects are also on display including the Flag of the Southern Cross, which is generously on loan from the Art Gallery of Ballarat. The flag is exhibited for the first time since 1854 on this historic site.
Creswick Woollen Mills
The Creswick Woollen Mill has over 68 years of history to draw upon, and is now the only remaining woollen coloured spinning mill of its type in Australia. It is the Mill’s high quality of products that has allowed it to survive in this now dying Australian industry.
Creswick offers luxurious, high quality natural fibre products designed with Australian conditions in mind. Unique products created at the Mill include Alpaca blankets, throws, scarves and much more.
Visit the comprehensive knitwear store and see a great selection of natural fibre fashion for men, women and children.
Conveniently located between Ballarat and Daylesford, the Mill is a perfect destination for day trippers, holiday makers and tour groups, both large and small.
A typical visit to the Mill can include feeding the alpacas on the viewing deck and a visit to the interactive exhibit “A Very Fine Yarn”