This January 19 2019, sees the return of the Ballarat Beer Festival as we showcase over one hundred and fifty of the world’s finest craft beers. Come along, kick back under Ballarat’s summery skies as you sample, sip and savour your way to craft beervana.
Ballarat Beer Festival is held at Lake Wendouree, on the far western side opposite the botanical gardens.
Take a train from Southern Cross Station to Wendouree station. All trains run frequently. To plan your trip to the Ballarat Beer Festival with V/Line please click below. The gardens are about a ten minute walk from the station or take a tram.
A free shuttle bus will be running from Ballarat train station to Lake Wendouree from 10.30 am to 2pm. From 7 to 9pm, busses will be running from the festival site to Ballarat train station.
Ballarat is located 115 km northwest of Melbourne, approx. 1.5 hours drive along the M8. Take the Ballarat exit and pass through the city centre. Then travel along Sturt Street and turn right at Hamilton Avenue, which is about 3 kilometres from the City centre. Signs throughout the town will direct you to Lake Wendouree and you’ll find the festival on the far Western side opposite the botanical gardens.
This festival, we’ve partnered with Uber who are now in Ballarat. Use code BBF2018 to receive $20 off your first trip (New users only – expires Jan 31 2018).
Ballarat Beer Festival encourages responsible drinking and suggest that you and your friends use public transport, Uber or taxi to get to and from the festival. If you do need to park your car there are plenty of free parking spots within walking distance of the event.
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If you're looking for a place to stay over the festival weekend, we’ve secured two beery good deals for you and your mates, thanks to our partners at Mercure Ballarat and Craig’s Royal Hotel.
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre is an upscale hotel and conference venue, set amongst three hectares of beautifully manicured gardens, complete with its own ornamental lake and in close proximity to the historic centre of Ballarat.
- Overnight accommodation for two
- Six pack of chilled craft beer on arrival
- Full buffet breakfast
- Total price $170 per room
- Visit website: www.mercureballarat.com.au
Grab the deal: Call hotel directly on (03) 5327 1200 and mention Ballarat Beer Festival.
Craig’s Royal Hotel
Craig’s Royal Hotel offers an experience like no other. Ballarat’s oldest and most luxurious boutique hotel has been an icon since 1865. Full of historical charm and elegance yet lovingly restored offering the ultimate in modern comfort.
- Overnight stay in a Classic Room for two
- A superb buffet breakfast
- Valet parking and daily newspaper
- Bonus 4 bottles of local craft beers
- Total price $320 per room
- Visit website: www.craigsroyal.com.au