12 July 2018, Posted by Tony Sheer
At only an hour and a half’s drive from Melbourne, the regional city of Ballarat is the perfect place to spend a long weekend. Pulsating with culture and history – not to mention delicious food and wine – the city is also home to some of the most stunning architecture you will find in Victoria. If you’re planning a visit in the future, here are just some of the ways you can choose to spend your time:
- Catch a show at the Regent Cinema or Her Majesty’s Theatre
A great way to spend a Friday or Saturday evening, both the cinema and the theatre are stunning old buildings that are sure to stop you in your tracks. The Regent Cinema shows all the new release blockbusters and even has Gold Class for added luxury. Her Majesty’s Theatre gets all sorts of shows, from theatrical performances to music concerts.
- Go wine tasting in the Pyrenees region
If you have a car and a willing driver, we highly recommend spending your Saturday or Sunday afternoon out in the Pyrenees region, sampling all of the delicious wines on offer. Popular vineyards in the area include: Mount Beckworth Wines, Dulcinea Vineyard, Eastern Peake Vineyard and Winery, and Michael Unwin Wines.
- Wander the Botanic Gardens and Prime Minister Avenue
Walk off a hearty breakfast or lunch by heading to the beautiful Botanic Gardens, which features the popular Prime Minister Avenue (where you will find a bronze bust of every Australian Prime Minister). We also highly recommend a visit to the Robert Clark Conservatory and the marble statues that are part of the Stoddard Collection.
- Spend the day at Sovereign Hill
No long weekend in Ballarat would be complete with a visit to the country’s most famous living museum, Sovereign Hill. Even if you aren’t travelling with children, there are plenty of attractions for you to enjoy. Take a tour of one of the mines, pan for gold, peruse the stores for unique souvenirs to take home, and take in one of the performances.
Of course, spending a long weekend in Ballarat requires you to find somewhere to stay. We are ready to welcome you at the Ballarat Budget Motel! With a wide range of accommodation options (from deluxe queen to two bedroom suites), we are well placed for your adventure in the city. We also have a range of packages to choose from, helping to enhance your visit even further.