Ballarat travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ballarat

With a population of 97.937, Ballarat is a must-see destination in Victoria, Australia. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Where to Eat in Ballarat

Ballarat Central is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Ballarat. These include popular favourites such as Pancho (36 Armstrong St N), Meigas (33 Armstrong St) and Johnny Alloo (32 Drummond Street). If you’re looking for affordable options, Moon and Mountain (220 Mair St) and Ragazzone (319 Mair Street) are great picks.

When to visit Ballarat

Ballarat in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ballarat in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Ballarat in February, when the average temperature is 18 °C, and the highest can go up to 25 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is July, when it can get as cold as 4 °C, with an average temperature of 6 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 70 mm. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Ballarat, with an average rainfall of 30 mm.

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How to Get to Ballarat


Although Ballarat doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Melbourne Avalon (AVV), which is located 76 km from Ballarat.


Another option to get to Ballarat is to pick up a car hire from Melbourne, which is about 102 km from Ballarat. You’ll find branches of Bargain Car Rentals and Sixt, among others, in Melbourne.

Airports near Ballarat

Airlines serving Ballarat

Good (3,748 reviews)
Good (694 reviews)
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British Airways
Good (3,513 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,073 reviews)
Air France
Good (843 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,236 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,348 reviews)
Excellent (1,832 reviews)
Good (1,419 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (414 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (4,107 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (760 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (737 reviews)
Good (958 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (632 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (4,377 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (324 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (285 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (141 reviews)
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Where to stay in Ballarat

From 5-star hotels such as the The Provincial Boutique Hotel to great affordable options like the Sovereign Hill Hotel, Ballarat offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $145 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $176 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Ballarat, with prices from $58 to $1,696 per night. Ballarat Central is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Ballarat are about 11% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ballarat

Most booked hotels in Ballarat

Best Western PLUS Ballarat Suites
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
Mercure Ballarat - Hotel & Convention Centre
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
Avenue Motel
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
Mid City Ballarat
Good (7.1, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Ballarat

Expect to pay $2.05 per litre in Ballarat (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $24.58 and $32.77. Economy (Hyundai i20 or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Ballarat, while also 49% cheaper than other types, on average.