Life in Ballarat

Living in Ballarat Australia

Living in Ballarat Australia

Life in Ballarat

Welcome to Ballarat.  We know you are going to love living in Ballarat and have a great time if you are passing through.

Life in Ballarat

Life in Ballarat

Is Ballarat a good place to live?

Yes, Ballarat is a great place to live or visit.  Below our guide to Ballarat will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.

Visas required to live in Ballarat

If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Ballarat, you are going to need a visa to do so.  Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Ballarat.  Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.


If you are moving to Ballarat and want to find a job in Ballarat we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Ballarat for new arrivals.  Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.

Map of Ballarat

Weather in Ballarat


Ballarat is a city in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. At the 2021 Census, Ballarat had a population of 113,763, making it the third largest city in Victoria.

Within months of Victoria separating from the colony of New South Wales in 1851, gold was discovered near Ballarat, sparking the Victorian gold rush. Ballarat subsequently became a thriving boomtown that for a time rivalled Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, in terms of wealth and cultural influence. In 1854, following a period of civil disobedience in Ballarat over gold licenses, local miners launched an armed uprising against government forces. Known as the Eureka Rebellion, it led to the introduction of male suffrage in Australia, and as such is interpreted as the origin of Australian democracy. The rebellion’s symbol, the Eureka Flag, has become a national symbol. It was on display at Ballarat’s Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) from 2013 until MADE closed in 2018.

Proclaimed a city in 1871, Ballarat’s prosperity, unlike that of many other gold boomtowns, continued until the late 19th century, as the city’s fields experienced sustained high gold yields for many decades. By the turn of the century, Ballarat’s importance relative to Melbourne rapidly faded with the slowing of gold extraction. It has endured as a major regional centre and is the commercial capital and largest city of the Central Highlands, as well as a significant tourist destination. Ballarat is known for its history, culture and well-preserved colonial-era heritage, with much of the city subject to heritage overlays.

Hotels and Accommodation in Ballarat

There are all types of accommodation available in Ballarat.  The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save

This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.

Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.

Comfort Inn & Suites City Views
1 review
101 Curtis St, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
Sovereign Park Motor Inn
1 review
223 Main Rd, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
Craig’s Royal Hotel
2 reviews
10 Lydiard St, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
Oscars Hotel and Cafe Bar
2 reviews
18 Doveton St, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites
1 review
525 Main Rd, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia

Ballarat is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.

Accountants in Ballarat


1 review
Accountants, Tax Services
809 Darling St, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia

Banks in Ballarat



Cafes in Ballarat


Webster’s Market and Cafe
2 reviews
Coffee & Tea
61 Webster St, Ballarat Central Victoria 3350, Australia
1 review
Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes
2a Lydiard St South, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
P. Frangos & Sons
2 reviews
Restaurants, Coffee & Tea
313 Sturt St, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
Cafe 921
1 review
921 Sturt St, Ballarat Central Victoria 3350, Australia
The Turret Cafe & Catering
6 reviews
Restaurants, Bakeries, Coffee & Tea
802 Sturt St, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia


Carpet Cleaners in Ballarat


Dentists in Ballarat



Doctors and Medical clinics in Ballarat


You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.

Westcare Medical Centre
1 review
211 Barries Rd, #1, Melton West Victoria 3337, Australia
Dr Nigel Lambert
1 review
15 Collins St, Drysdale Victoria 3222, Australia
Gisborne Medical Centre
1 review
16 Brantome St, Gisborne Victoria 3437, Australia
Mammoth Health
1 review
Naturopathic/Holistic, Massage
Shop 2, 89A Barrabool Rd, Highton Victoria 3216, Australia


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Hospitals in Ballarat


Castlemaine Health
1 review
Medical Centers
142 Cornish St, Castlemaine Victoria 3450, Australia


Mechanics in Ballarat


Fred’s Auto Mechanic Repairs
1 review
Auto Repair
135-145 Railway Ave, Werribee Victoria 3030, Australia
Dudley House
1 review
Hotels, Auto Repair
101 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs Victoria 3461, Australia

Newspapers in Ballarat




Pest Control in Ballarat




Plumbers in Ballarat


Tait Plumbing
1 review
Melbourne Victoria 3337, Australia


Real Estate Agents in Ballarat 



Restaurants in Ballarat


Hop Temple
8 reviews
24-30 Armstrong St North, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
Ballarat Steakhouse
2 reviews
10 Grenville St, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
The Boatshed Restaurant
3 reviews
Modern Australian
27a Lake Wendouree Foreshore, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
Cafe Meigas
3 reviews
33 Amrstorng St N, Shop 6, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
P. Frangos & Sons
2 reviews
Restaurants, Coffee & Tea
313 Sturt St, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia

Schools in Ballarat


Eclipse Driver Training
1 review
Driving Schools
Hoppers Crossing Victoria 3029, Australia


Solicitors in Ballarat



Supermarkets in Ballarat 


Maxi Foods
1 review
601 La Trobe St, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
1 review
9389 Western Hwy, Lot 1, Warrenheip Victoria 3352, Australia
Country Grocers IGA Ballan
1 review
Grocery, Beer, Wine & Spirits, Fruits & Veggies
135 Inglis Street, Ballan Victoria 3342, Australia
1 review
Cnr Cherry & Watton Sts, Werribee Victoria 3030, Australia
Castlemaine Fresh
2 reviews
73 Mostyn St, Castlemaine Victoria 3450, Australia


Vets in Ballarat 


Buninyong Veterinary Clinic
1 review
316a Learmonth St, Buninyong Victoria 3357, Australia


For all information on living in towns and cities across Australia visit our Living in Australia index page where you will find 160 guides on areas right across the country.


To live and work in Australia you might be eligible for an Australian Work Visa or a Permanent Residency visa as a skilled worker.  Find out more and move to Australia to live and work and start you new life.