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Best things to do in Ballarat East

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Monument / Landmark
“This is an old style gold mining town... go early, wear comfortable shoes and soak up the ‘Gold Rush’”
37 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great spot to take the kids to see all of our native animals up close, and even feed the kangaroos!”
22 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“A day at Sovereign Hill is a day filled with fun and adventure. Discover all the action and excitement of life as it was in 1850s Ballarat during the greatest alluvial gold rush the world has ever seen. Sovereign Hill is a living museum with working exhibits brought to life by costumed characters and over 40 horses. Set on 25 acres of an original mining site, Sovereign Hill is a goldfields town with shops, hotels, a theatre, schools, factories, a gold diggings and underground mines to explore.”
12 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Spanish ex-pat and owner Jose has put together a Spanish restaurant with wonderful hospitality and some really outstanding regional food. Order from the menu or ask for a 'feed me' $59 menu and they will keep sending dishes out of the kitchen until the table groans for a halt. Outstanding dishes include the slow-cooked beef cheek in rich gravy on a creamy mash, prawns in red wine, croquettes filled with jamon and potato, a wonderful cheese board, terrific Creme Catalan and almond torte with cinnamon and lemon zest. Seriously good. ”
17 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
2 locals recommend
Zoo
“Small wildlife park where you can see free roaming kangaroos and koalas, as well as other animals! It's a good day out as you can feed the kangaroos! ”
14 locals recommend
Museum
“A museum dedicated to democracy located at the site of the Eureka Rebellion”
13 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Wilson's have fresh produce, deli and cheeses. A good supply of ready made meals”
11 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
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“We love to hang out here, they serve food all day in a nice relaxed atmosphere.”
9 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Sovereign Hill is a famous Ballarat tourist attraction, an interactive open aired museum appropriate for the whole family. Experience what life was like during the Gold Rush, step back in time & walk the cobble stoned streets, do a spot of shopping, enjoy lunch at the bakery & soak up the history of the 1850's. http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/”
6 locals recommend
Bus Station
“ Sovereign Hill brings to life the excitement of Australia’s great 1850s gold rushes. Named Australia’s best ‘Major Tourist Attraction’ four times, most recently in 2016, Sovereign Hill provides a unique Australian experience and a full day of entertainment. There’s real gold to be panned – and it’s ‘finders keepers’, an underground gold mine, street theatre and the opportunity to meet costumed goldfields characters. See a spectacular $150,000 gold pour and chat with skilled craftsmen at work in the blacksmith’s forge, the candle works, the wheelwright’s plant, the coach builder’s and the confectionery factory. Sovereign Hill entry also includes entry to the Gold Museum which displays a b”
9 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat - a majestic provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s. An impressive glass-fronted building with commanding views, the Gold Museum offers an award-winning gift shop specialising in the sale of gold nuggets and Australian-made gold jewellery and fine giftware.Discover the beauty and power of gold as you view an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and gold coins. Entry to the Gold Museum is free with your Sovereign Hill ticket. Separate entry is also available.”
7 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Probably my favourite restaurant in Ballarat and perfect for a splurge of romantic night out. This is not a typical Australian Japanese restaurant, but more like eating in a fine restaurant in Japan itself. Friday and Saturday evenings only offer excellent set menus, with vegetarian and non vegetarian options. Other nights are a la carte or set menu options. Lunchtime offers bento boxes and more. They even can match sakes to each course, or try indulge in a flight of tastings as an apperitif, serve Japanese fruit based wines or fine Australian ones. If you love Japanese food, don't miss Kambei if you can avoid it; If you have never tried it, this is the ultimate place to start. The wonderful complex menu extends way beyond just sushi and sashimi, to utterly authentic Japanese fine dining!”
6 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Take a walk back in time to Australia’s gold rush! (it’s quite a drive to do in a day but definitely a lot of fun. You can also take a v-line train from southern cross station) ”
6 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
“Wen & Ware offers a sanctuary for the senses with unique homewares and gifts sourced from around the world. It includes lifestyle clothing and an espresso bar full of fresh food ideas to relax & enjoy.”
6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Authentic Italian at it's finest. A selection of artisan wood fired pizzas, antipasti and pasta dishes. http://carbonis.com.au/”
5 locals recommend