Ballarat is one of Victoria's great regional cities, and we think it's the perfect place to visit for a weekend away.
We've teamed up with our mates at Visit Ballarat, Cycling Australia and the 2018 FedUni Road National Championships to bring you a list of some of the things that make Ballarat such a unique place for a Victorian getaway.
Meet Tour De France Riders
The 2018 Fed Uni Road National Championships are happening in Ballarat from January 3 to 7. This is your chance for you and your family to get up close and personal with local heroes and riders from the Tour De France!
Visit A Brewery
Ballarat has a number of craft breweries creating unique drops, and one of the most popular is Athletic Club Brewery! Sample one of their beers, go on a tour of the facilities or even take part in a self brew session.
Location: Athletic Club Brewery, 47 Mair Street Ballarat
Explore A Farmers Market
Since Ballarat is a regional centre, it's only natural that there is plenty of incredible fresh local produce to try! It's the best way to get a taste of Ballarat. The Bridge Mall Market happens on the 1st Saturday of every month, while the Ballarat Farmers Market runs on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month.
Location: The Bridge Mall Market, Sturt St Ballarat
Location: Ballarat Farms Market, Wendouree Parade opposite Botanical Gardens
Check Out The Art Gallery
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is the largest and oldest regional art gallery in Australia! It has a fascinating collection that showcases everything from early Australian artworks to this summer's temporary exhibition Romancing The Skull.
Location: 40 Lydiard St North, Ballarat
Try Ethiopian Food
There are a lot of good restaurants in Ballarat - but one of the most highly rated is Cafe Merkama, which serves up Ethiopian food. The traditional way to eat these spicy curry-style dishes is using injera bread and your fingers!
Location: 30A Doveton Street, Ballarat
Relax At A Wine Bar
In the heart of Ballarat you'll find Mitchell Harris Wine Bar, a rustic and industrial space serving up regional wines. You can also enjoy an inventive food menu, making it the perfect place to stop for lunch.
Location: 38 Doveton St Nth, Ballarat
Get Lost In The Botanical Gardens
With three different zones to explore and so many plants to look at, this is the perfect backdrop for your Ballarat Instagram shots!
Location: Lake Wendouree, Ballarat
Stay In A Historical Hotel
Really want to treat yourself? Book a room at Craig's Royal Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel that dates back to the 1860s. It's the best way to get a sense of Ballarat's incredible past.
The 2018 Fed Uni Road National Championship racing and family events run from Jan 3 to 7. For more information visit RoadNationals.org.au.
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