Destination guide

Delight in the lakeside landscape of Ballarat

Come and experience Ballarat and its history, museums and art galleries. This welcoming city is known for its gardens, festivals and lake. A vacation rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in Ballarat

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Ballarat a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Ballarat Golf Club (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • The Tangled Maze (11.3 mi / 18.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Ballarat

Ballarat is famous for its picturesque gardens and panoramic lake views. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Ballarat is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Lake Esmond (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Lake Esmond Botanical Garden (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Eureka Aquatic Center (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Ballarat Wildlife Park (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Calembeen Park (10.1 mi / 16.2 km)
  • Park Lake Gardens (10.3 mi / 16.5 km)

Transportation to and around Ballarat

Fly into Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon), the closest airport, located 46.4 mi (74.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine), which is 54.6 mi (87.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Ballarat Station.

Where to stay around Ballarat?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 134 vacation rentals near Ballarat. From 72 Houses to 16 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ballarat for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ballarat?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ballarat. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ballarat Fine Art Gallery: 168 vacation rentals
  • Ballarat Station: 168 vacation rentals
  • Sovereign Hill: 151 vacation rentals
  • Ballarat Base Hospital: 162 vacation rentals
  • St John of God Hospital Ballarat: 163 vacation 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 vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Ballarat?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 72 Houses in Ballarat. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ballarat include:

  • Bungalows: 16 rentals available
  • Cabins: 16 rentals available
  • Cottages: 16 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ballarat?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 7 vacation rentals with pool available in Ballarat. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.