If you stroll along Sturt St, and the streets that branch off it, you'll find many places close together in Ballarat and lots of shops and buildings to explore. Many display an old fashioned exterior, such as the facade below.
My spontaneous walk even led me to Ballarat Chocolate Shoppe: 16 Doveton Street North, Ballarat. They have everything from your everyday chocolates to rarer and harder to find brands, as well as handmade chocolates in their displays. I felt I couldn't leave without a treat, so bought some white chocolate raspberry bullets for $3.50.
This section is brief and you will eventually reach the beginning of the For Auld Lang Syne exhibition, which looks into the role of the Scots in Australia's history.
A highlight is an amazingly bright red room with dramatic paintings and benches in the middle of the room - excellent for sitting and interpreting the paintings. Entry is $15 for adults, $10 for concession. The exhibition ends on July 27.
What really drew me in, was the artwork on the wall pictured, covering the whole wall, I felt the need to sit next to it. Other positives include free public wi-fi and a good taste in tunes - City and Colour and Cold War Kids are definitely my definition of laid-back cafe music.
Ballarat has so much to offer...So much more than just 19th Century Buildings. It also has many Art Deco buildings. Look above the shop fronts and you will be pleasantly surprised. Many Cafes and eateries. A visit to Lake Wendouree is a must as is to the small township of Buninyong on the Midland Highway on the way to Geelong.