Ballarat's beautiful wide streets, iconic architecture and gorgeous gardens all come to life during the Ballarat Heritage Weekend being held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019.
Presented by the City of Ballarat, this unique and fascinating event brings together the past and the present for all visitors to enjoy. With its fascinating history, Ballarat is an exciting place to explore and discover everything that this city has to offer.
Ballarat will burn brightly, as the majestic streets and laneways are brought to life with fire pits and fire displays. The fire pits, a place where tales are told and stories are shared, will pepper the CBD with expert storytellers on hand to provide a detailed account of the colourful history and heritage of Ballarat.
With a range of street and stage entertainment bringing music, dancing and magic to the streets, it's a feast for the senses for the whole family.
The Tweed Ride is one of the most celebrated events. Join in the fun by dressing in your best dapper and elegant tweed and ride through Ballarat's beautiful streets. The ride will start at 11.00am on Sunday and you can register to join in here.
Walking tours, horse and carriage rides and steam trains are just a few of the ways to get around and see everything. Some of the tours on offer include tours of the Ballarat Town Hall, the Chinese Cemetery, the Regent Cinemas, the Old Goal and Cemetery and Crematorium Tours. So much history to explore and discover.
Ballarat Heritage Weekend will also celebrate the history, cultures and stories of Aboriginal peoples with a range of fire pits, yarning circles, entertainment and a short film festival. Over at the Ballarat Mechanics' Institute, you can immerse yourself in the history and heritage of Victoria's Aboriginal people and enjoy some bush tea and other unique culinary tastes courtesy of Saltbush Kitchen.
With many of the region's best art galleries, there will be a range of exhibition being held around the place. If vintage fashion is more up your alley, don't miss the Ballarat Aprons Festival, or the gorgeous fashion shows, displays and markets.
Getting bigger and better each year, the Ballarat Beard and Moustache Union will once again return to bringing one of the greatest Beard Competitions in the country. Just like the hair on beard aficionados chins, this iconic event continues to grow bigger and better each year. Enter the competition and join in the fun - entry is free.
Full details of all that is on can be found in the program.
Ballarat is just an hour and 15 minutes west of Melbourne, approximately 110km along the Western Freeway. Or jump on a direct train at Melbourne's Southern Cross station and arrive in less than 90 minutes at the 19th century-built Railway station right in the centre of town. For more information on all that Ballarat has to offer, click here.