Take a look at AT’s guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays. These are affordable summer holidays: Ballarat
Why do we rate it?
Ballarat has a glittering past.
Where is it?
117km north-west of Melbourne, Ballarat is a 1hr 30min drive on the Western Freeway.
Where to stay:
Go for something with a little character – Alexandra House is a heritage-listed property built in 1908. The amenities are all this century but step back in time in the restored billiard room. At Sovereign Hill, heritage double rooms offer a slice of the luxurious gold-rush lifestyle, while the Canadian barracks and dormitories are more akin to the original goldminers’ rooms.
How much is it?
Units at Alexandra House start at $110 a night for two, a queen suite is $150 and king is $170. Sovereign Hill doubles cost $175, Canadian barracks cost $145, dormitories start at $68.
As we went to print, Alexandra House and Sovereign Hill still had availability for Christmas and January.
What to do:
Ballarats’ houses are celebrated for their Victorian and Edwardian architecture, it is worth admiring before visiting the original Eureka flag at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Step back into Ballarat’s gold mining past at Sovereign Hill. Try gold panning or take the Red Hill Mine underground tour.