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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 Hotel Canberra (812 Macarthur St), Meigas (33 Armstrong St) and Pancho (213 Mair St). If you’re looking for affordable options, Higher Society (413 Sturt St) and Ragazzone (319 Mair Street) are great picks.

When to visit Ballarat

Ballarat in February
Estimated hotel price
€83
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ballarat in February
Estimated hotel price
€83
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

Plane

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

Car

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 Ace Rental Cars and Apex, among others, in Melbourne.

Bus

Greyhound Australia operates bus routes to Ballarat.

Plane

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

Car

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 Ace Rental Cars and Apex, among others, in Melbourne.

Bus

Greyhound Australia operates bus routes to Ballarat.

Airports near Ballarat

Airlines serving Ballarat

Lufthansa
Good (4,558 reviews)
KLM
Good (844 reviews)
SWISS
Good (908 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,348 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,274 reviews)
Air France
Good (966 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,538 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (480 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,900 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,102 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,474 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,619 reviews)
Finnair
Good (878 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (821 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (907 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (826 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,380 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (387 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (700 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (474 reviews)
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Where to stay in Ballarat

Average rates range from around €89 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to €123 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Ballarat, with prices from €31 to €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 17% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ballarat

Most booked hotels in Ballarat

Craig's Royal Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
€87+
Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
€78+
Mercure Ballarat - Hotel & Convention Centre
4 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
€92+
Avenue Motel
2 stars
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
€67+

Hiring a car in Ballarat

Expect to pay €1.09 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 €13.00 and €17.33. Compact (Hyundai Kona or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Ballarat, while also 54% cheaper than other types, on average.

Expect to pay €1.09 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 €13.00 and €17.33. Compact (Hyundai Kona or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Ballarat, while also 54% cheaper than other types, on average.