Day Tours From Bendigo - Ballarat
Ballarat is around 120km southwest of Bendigo, located on the Yarrowee River and nestled amongst the lower western plains of the Great Dividing Range it is the State’s third largest city.
It was one of the towns that saw significant growth in Victorian Australia, the gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement.
But if you are looking for a jam-packed break from either Bendigo or Melbourne then Ballarat certainly has many attractions. Travelling to Ballarat is a group party is easy with Bendigo Coachlines, they are the experts in group transportation in the Victoria region.
The Art of Ballarat
Ballarat has a proud history in the arts and is actually home to Australia’s oldest regional art gallery. The Art Gallery of Ballarat is right in the centre of town on Lydiard Street, and is a proud advocate at showing and developing historical and local work.
Stroll through the galleries as you soak up the history of the region and marvel at the many permanent collections of historic fine art as well as the indigenous and contemporary art. Many works on display challenge young visitors to ask questions regarding the art and the social issues they address.
Ballarat Wildlife Park
If you wish to immerse yourself in the local fauna of Victoria a trip to Ballarat Wildlife park is ideal. Here you can meet the local inhabitants close up, cuddly koalas, cute kangaroos and not so cuddly crocodiles.
The Park specialises in native Australian animals and a wide variety of exotic reptiles. In addition to the animals named above you can see: wombats, Tasmanian devils, eagles, giant tortoises, alligators, lizards and both venomous and non-venomous snakes.
Dining in Ballarat
Ballarat has many choices for the hungry traveller and their families. Ballarat CBD is filled to the brim with perfect dining solutions including:
The Forge Pizzeria
Originally an old forge the restaurant has adopted the idea of creating great food from the combination of fire, skill and hard work. The wood fire oven is a testament to this, and creates delicious woodfired pizzas made with fresh local produce and high quality deli ingredients.
Grill’d is all about burgers, they only use locally sourced produce that is free range with no exceptions. Straight from the paddock to the plate, they specialise in bringing the hungry diner the freshest and healthiest burgers around.
Schnitz is committed to creating the best schnitzels in the world and wants to share them with the world. The passion for authentic, restaurant quality, hand made and pan cooked schnitzels is the reason why Schnitz was created.
Ballarat has so much to offer the visitor; exciting local events, top shopping, galleries, museums, wildlife parks, good cuisine, cafes, bars and luxury accommodation. Take a day or two out to explore this wonderful place.