Ballarat is more than its golden history; it has a lot to offer to people who want to explore the underrated beauty of Australia. It has many astonishing festivals that are held at some of the most famous locales in the city and are visited by people around the world.


Let's not forget the amazing food of Ballarat. The place is famous among food lovers for the variety it offers. Get ready for a culinary adventure when in Ballarat. There is no dearth of festivities in Ballarat and the charm and splendour of this city only enhances during celebrations. Let's look at some of the famous festivals and places that you should visit, to experience the true essence of this magical city:

Feel The Festive High

1. Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival:

It is a quirky annual street party where you will find an amazing blend of music, fashion, amazing cars and lots of dancing. No matter what year, this festival has always been a massive hit among enthusiasts around the world.

2. Ballarat Winterlude:

It is locally known to be frostier than the rest of Victoria. The festival lets in the cold weather while enthusiasts celebrate the love season right in the heart of the city. A pop-up ice skating rink is also part of the festivities. Add some fun music and delicious food to it, and you have a winner.

3. Baroque Horse Festival:

At Kryal Castle which is Australia’s only medieval-themed amusement park, this annual Baroque Horse Festival takes place in November. The festival features jousting, classical dressage along with other themed activities that occur within the castle's walls.

4. Ballarat Heritage Weekend:

This festival is held on ever Mother’s Day weekend. This event celebrates Ballarat's rich and peculiar past. It has weird and wacky historic demonstrations, classic vintage car displays along with special old style performances which beautifully line the streets.

5. Begonia Festival:

This festival is held in the Botanical Gardens and have intrinsic themes and beautiful flowers on display. Visitors from across the world can enjoy a super delicious high tea, nice whimsical music, dance and also poetry in Ballarat's beautiful natural setting.

6. Springfest:

The spring season adds life and colour to Ballarat. The event culminates with the Sovereign Hill market that takes place on a Sunday in the month of November. With more than 400 market stalls put up by people, you will find a range of offerings from clothing, jewellery, plants and flowers, art, food, music and more. There is something for every taste.

Tingle Your Taste Buds and Senses

1. FIKA Coffee Brewers:

This is the best place for coffee aficionados and if you are one, then you definitely need to try their coffee. You really can’t miss FIKA on the Doveton St. It is run by local baristas and is open every day of the week to serve Ballarat's caffeine addicts. They brew some of the best lattes in Victoria.

2. Mitchell Harris Wine Bar:

If you're keen on knowing more about the best wines of Western Victoria, then head on to this quaint bar which is exactly what your senses need. You can taste the delicious wines every weekend or even during the weekdays along with some delicious food to share.

3. Golden Nugget Bakery:

It is a bakery which is known for their amazing vanilla slices in Australia. The Golden Nugget bakery is a fun and comfortable food joint which is a pure haven for Ballarat's pastry-lovers. You can enjoy a scrumptious tasty vanilla slice or a pie, a doughnut or a delicious drink at a good rate.

These are just some of the things that the city of Ballarat has to offer to both locals as well as tourists who are looking for a place to unwind and yet have fun. Head on to this quaint city to experience joy and adventure in a single trip.

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