Where to stay near Ballarat?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 142 holiday rentals near Ballarat. From 73 Houses to 27 Studios, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Ballarat for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Ballarat?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Ballarat. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • St John of God Hospital Ballarat: 173 holiday rentals
  • Ballarat Station: 178 holiday rentals
  • Sovereign Hill: 161 holiday rentals
  • Eureka Centre: 171 holiday rentals
  • Lake Esmond Botanical Garden: 169 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ballarat listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Ballarat?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 73 Houses in Ballarat. Our other popular types of Ballarat holiday rentals include:

  • Studios: 27 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 27 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 17 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Ballarat?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 8 holiday homes with pool available in Ballarat. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

    Leave your time machine home and walk into the past instead

    Located in Victoria and a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, Ballarat is known for its well-preserved colonial architecture and its role in the Australian gold rush. Its most popular attraction, Sovereign Hill, serves as a replica of an 1850s gold rush town, complete with historic shops, streets and mines. But Victoria's third largest city offers more than just a fancy theme park. Stroll along the Victorian streets to soak in the city's history at the local antique shops, browse flea markets and dine in cafes and wine bars. Browse Ballarat vacation rentals, and you'll find a slice of true Australian living.

    The streets might actually be paved with gold

    Sovereign Hill is arguably the main draw of Ballarat. Serving as a replica of an 1850s mining town, visitors are transported back in time, thanks to the colonial-era architecture, staff adorned in period attire and interactive activities, including the chance to pan for real gold. Outside of Sovereign Hill, you'll also find plenty of shops and antique markets. There are also plenty of annual festivals, including the Begonia Festival each March and Ballarat Heritage Weekend each May. Head to Lydiard Street for even more colonial architecture, as well as plenty of charming cafes, restaurants and wine bars.

    Rush in for the gold, stay for the museum scene

    Thanks to Ballarat's history, the Australian gold rush is an important point of interest for most visitors. Explore the Gold Museum, illuminating the town's mining industry and showcasing various artefacts, including golden nuggets. The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka offers interactive digital displays, while works from the colonial era to the present are on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Other highlights include the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, honouring 36,000 POWs as well as the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Kids will love the Ballarat Tramway Museum and the Ballarat Wildlife Park.

    Layer up in the winter and screen up in summer

    While southern Australia is known for its temperate climate, the region around Ballarat brings a bit of a chill in the winter months. It's still a worthy stop in the off-peak season, and as long as you pack a few extra layers, you get to enjoy your holiday at lower prices and with smaller crowds. Summers are warm, dry and sunny, and festival season is a popular draw. Consider a trip around the Ballarat Beer Festival in January, or the Begonia festival in March, and browse Ballarat vacation rentals that are an easy walking distance to town.

    There's gold in them hills! Or at least there was

    Located in Victoria's Central Highlands, Ballarat is nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The area is known for its gentle, rolling hills, with a considerably flatter landscape compared to the eastern portion of the range. The nearby extinct volcanoes of Buninyong and Warrenheip are the area's tallest peaks, and to the east you'll find Lerderderg State Park. Lake Wendouree is located in town, and along with canoeing and sailing rentals, also offers trails for hiking and birdwatching, plus fields for picnics and barbecues.