Labour Day Weekend

There is so much to see in Ballarat on Labour Day weekend - we highly recommend you make some room in your calendar to visit this year's festival. an exciting line up of entertainment, activities, talks, culinary delights and celebrity guests.

Returning this year is popular television personality Costa Georgiadis who sets to bring his energy to the Garden Stage.

Popular children's TV character DIRTGIRL from Get Grubby TV will also be at the event to present an exciting and fun schedule of live performances with Costa the Gnome!"

There is something for everyone at this year's Ballarat Begonia Festival, from children’s activities, gardening tips and displays, to live comedy, craft and garden markets, a brewers, distillers and wine garden, floral demonstrations and displays, and more.

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Eat + Drink

One thing's for sure - you're not going hungry or thirsty in the Ballarat region. Wander around the main streets and you'll come across some great cafes. Throw down local brews and wines. Make a meal of it with regional produce and clever menus.
Eat all the things Ballarat.

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See + Do

Ballarat is oozing character; everything from the streetscapes to the trees, the cafes and the major attractions, is full of beauty, wonder and charm.

Giving yourself time to wander, get lost and discover for yourself is all part of the fun of being away. Ballarat and surrounds is full of mysteries to unearth and secrets to delve into - so get going, your adventure awaits.


Places to Stay

It’s pretty safe to say that Ballarat is the only part of Australia where accommodation options range from a caravan to a castle. There are several choices on the caravan front, but only one Kryal Castle, where it makes sense that you have the choice of a king or queen size bed. Sovereign Hill is another unlikely place to stay – the rooms at Comfort Inn are super comfy and, from the outside, look as if they were built during the gold rush.

Between these two extremes, Ballarat and surrounds has more than its fair share of places to stay. There’s the very swish, and very old, Craig’s Royal Hotel as well as award-winning motels, B&Bs and apartments scattered around town and in the surrounding regions.

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