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Guidebook for Lake Wendouree

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Guidebook for Lake Wendouree

Food Scene
Ballarat's historic Craig's Royal Hotel, is an historic "must see and visit," if only for a drink. The bar, Larder and Atrium dining room are all highly recommended. This hotel has been serving Ballarat since the goldrushes and is an iconic building and ammenity of Ballarat's artistic and cultural precinct of Lydiard Street. Lunchtime and evening set menu deals offer savings, as do Lydiard St Ghost Walk with Eerie Tours, or Her Majesty's Theatre packages! Booking is highly recommend!
Craig's Royal Hotel
Ballarat's historic Craig's Royal Hotel, is an historic "must see and visit," if only for a drink. The bar, Larder and Atrium dining room are all highly recommended. This hotel has been serving Ballarat since the goldrushes and is an iconic building and ammenity of Ballarat's artistic and cultural precinct of Lydiard Street. Lunchtime and evening set menu deals offer savings, as do Lydiard St Ghost Walk with Eerie Tours, or Her Majesty's Theatre packages! Booking is highly recommend!
Serving up some of the best Italian food in town, it gets really busy on Friday and Saturday nights. Pizzas are fantastic, but my absolute favourite and highly recommended dishes include the freshly cooked flounder, spaghetti marinara, or with mud crabs, or calimari. Meat loving friends say their steaks and veal are impressive too! For desert, don't miss John's specialty, the utterly sublime tiramisu, made fresh daily to his family's secret traditional recipe.
Eureka Bistro
316 Sturt St
Serving up some of the best Italian food in town, it gets really busy on Friday and Saturday nights. Pizzas are fantastic, but my absolute favourite and highly recommended dishes include the freshly cooked flounder, spaghetti marinara, or with mud crabs, or calimari. Meat loving friends say their steaks and veal are impressive too! For desert, don't miss John's specialty, the utterly sublime tiramisu, made fresh daily to his family's secret traditional recipe.
Cool little Ethiopian restaurant, serving traditional food and fabulous coffee. They even do a unique traditional egg breakfast! Food is inexpensive and you can take your own wine!
Cafe Merkama
30 Doveton St N
Cool little Ethiopian restaurant, serving traditional food and fabulous coffee. They even do a unique traditional egg breakfast! Food is inexpensive and you can take your own wine!
The Laneway at the George provides delicious lunchtime meals at reasonable prices. A great meeting spot, because it is right next door to the Regent Cinema Complex!
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The George Hotel Ballarat
27 Lydiard St N
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The Laneway at the George provides delicious lunchtime meals at reasonable prices. A great meeting spot, because it is right next door to the Regent Cinema Complex!
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!
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Kambei Japanese Restaurant
501 Main Rd
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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!
Red Bird Cafe, two local bakeries, two Chinese restaurants and more recently a kebab shop all grace this busy shopping strip, where fresh fruit, fish and meat can be obtained without setting foot in a supermarket. There is an excellent local chemist and newsagents, as well as 'All Sorts of Things', for gifts! Local second hand stores are also plentiful for clothes, furniture and retro bargains!
Woolworths Wendouree (Ballarat)
1205 Howitt Street
Red Bird Cafe, two local bakeries, two Chinese restaurants and more recently a kebab shop all grace this busy shopping strip, where fresh fruit, fish and meat can be obtained without setting foot in a supermarket. There is an excellent local chemist and newsagents, as well as 'All Sorts of Things', for gifts! Local second hand stores are also plentiful for clothes, furniture and retro bargains!
This is the go to gourmet shop where locals source the very best of everything in the fruit, veg and deli line. Yummy treats can always be found here, including the best range of cheeses, dairy and boutique bakery items in town!
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Wilsons Fruit and Vegetables
85-91 Mair St E
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This is the go to gourmet shop where locals source the very best of everything in the fruit, veg and deli line. Yummy treats can always be found here, including the best range of cheeses, dairy and boutique bakery items in town!
Parks & Nature
Lake Wendouree, formally Yuilles Swamp, was created in the 1860s as Ballarat's original water supply. It is a bird sanctuary providing rich aquatic habitat for some of the rarest birds in Victoria, including Freckled, Blue Billed and Musk Ducks, Night Herons, Little Rails, Crested Grebe, sacred Ibis and the enigmatic Black Swans. Glorious views across the lake to Mt Warrenheip and Bunninyong, along with sometimes wonderful reflections add to the enjoyment of walking , cycling or even fishing for redfin, and rainbow trout.
North Gardens
Lake Wendouree, formally Yuilles Swamp, was created in the 1860s as Ballarat's original water supply. It is a bird sanctuary providing rich aquatic habitat for some of the rarest birds in Victoria, including Freckled, Blue Billed and Musk Ducks, Night Herons, Little Rails, Crested Grebe, sacred Ibis and the enigmatic Black Swans. Glorious views across the lake to Mt Warrenheip and Bunninyong, along with sometimes wonderful reflections add to the enjoyment of walking , cycling or even fishing for redfin, and rainbow trout.
Drinks & Nightlife
Sutton's House of Music is a hip and groovy hangout of students, lovers of fine music, from rock to jazz and folk as well as some live comedy. By day it serves as an excellent coffee palace and eatery too!
Suttons House of Music
31 Sturt St
Sutton's House of Music is a hip and groovy hangout of students, lovers of fine music, from rock to jazz and folk as well as some live comedy. By day it serves as an excellent coffee palace and eatery too!
Arts & Culture
The Ballarat Art Gallery has in its permanent collection, one of the most extensive collections of Australian Impressionist Art, by the Heidelberg School of artists in the country. It has a fabulous collection of works by the famous Lindsay Family, as well as colonial and goldfields art. Visiting exhibitions are regular and of a high quality. The Ballarat Gallery is a key venue of the Ballarat Photo Bienalle! Interior architecture is impressive too and has been carefully restored to the glory of its golden heritage, when Ballarat was one of the richest towns in the world!
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Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard St N
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The Ballarat Art Gallery has in its permanent collection, one of the most extensive collections of Australian Impressionist Art, by the Heidelberg School of artists in the country. It has a fabulous collection of works by the famous Lindsay Family, as well as colonial and goldfields art. Visiting exhibitions are regular and of a high quality. The Ballarat Gallery is a key venue of the Ballarat Photo Bienalle! Interior architecture is impressive too and has been carefully restored to the glory of its golden heritage, when Ballarat was one of the richest towns in the world!
Shopping
John is an award winning small goods maker and butcher at the state and national level. His hams truly are the best Australia has to offer. Tradition and quality meats hang from every corner of this shop. John has featured in advertisements promoting locally produced food. The shop is always full and turnover high. For a real treat try John's aged rump and while you are at it, pick up a mate's loaf and bones for your dog!
John Harbour Quality Butcher
615 Lydiard St N
John is an award winning small goods maker and butcher at the state and national level. His hams truly are the best Australia has to offer. Tradition and quality meats hang from every corner of this shop. John has featured in advertisements promoting locally produced food. The shop is always full and turnover high. For a real treat try John's aged rump and while you are at it, pick up a mate's loaf and bones for your dog!
This is not a fish and chip shop, but an old fashioned fish mongers. Peter, the proprietor heads to the Melbourne Fish Market several times a week, to stock the freshest of oysters and prawns, mussels and calamari, if available and a wide range of fabulously fresh fish. Fish and nothing else, is cooked here and available upon request on Thursday and Friday nights, but you will need to organise chips or salad elsewhere! I regularly shop here!
Ballarat Fresh Fish Supply
1213A Howitt Street
This is not a fish and chip shop, but an old fashioned fish mongers. Peter, the proprietor heads to the Melbourne Fish Market several times a week, to stock the freshest of oysters and prawns, mussels and calamari, if available and a wide range of fabulously fresh fish. Fish and nothing else, is cooked here and available upon request on Thursday and Friday nights, but you will need to organise chips or salad elsewhere! I regularly shop here!
Lovely fresh fruit and vegetables at prices well below the supermarkets. I shop here for most of my fruit and veg I don't grow myself!
Fruit Shack
1229 Howitt Street
Lovely fresh fruit and vegetables at prices well below the supermarkets. I shop here for most of my fruit and veg I don't grow myself!
Quality top brand women's clothing, combined with obliging service and some edgy and artsy options! My favourite boutique Women's Clothes store, in Australia, let alone Ballarat!
Racey's Ladies Fashion
Quality top brand women's clothing, combined with obliging service and some edgy and artsy options! My favourite boutique Women's Clothes store, in Australia, let alone Ballarat!
Specialist perennials plant nursery and display gardens to rival Monet's Le Clos Normand, at Giverny, France. If you love plants and gardens, don't miss Lambley!
Lambley Gardens & Nursery
395 Lesters Rd
Specialist perennials plant nursery and display gardens to rival Monet's Le Clos Normand, at Giverny, France. If you love plants and gardens, don't miss Lambley!
Specialising in quality women's clothing and designer home goods, the selections here are exciting. Edgy and arty clothes can be found here, along with items for more conservative dressers! Wonderful service!
Exhale Lifestyle
Specialising in quality women's clothing and designer home goods, the selections here are exciting. Edgy and arty clothes can be found here, along with items for more conservative dressers! Wonderful service!
An Alladin's cave of women's casual wear. You may have to search a little, but there are some fantastic basics and a few special occasion items of clothes to be had here. Much of the collection is made of fine Australian wool. Great service and a very frindly atmosphere!
Woolshed Clothing
48 Armstrong St N
An Alladin's cave of women's casual wear. You may have to search a little, but there are some fantastic basics and a few special occasion items of clothes to be had here. Much of the collection is made of fine Australian wool. Great service and a very frindly atmosphere!