The Ballarat Beer Festival is On

This January 20 2018, 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.


All entry tickets include a Ballarat Beer Festival official tasting glass and lanyard.

Teens aged 15 to 18 $20 (tickets at link), kids 14 and under free (no ticket required).

  • General Admission

    includes festival entry, official tasting glass and lanyard.
  • General Admission + tokens

    Includes festival entry, official tasting glass and lanyard.

    Plus, either $20, $40 or $60 worth of tokens to save you time on the day.
  • The Craft Beer Lover Package

    Includes festival entry, official tasting glass and lanyard.

    Plus, $20 worth of tokens to save you time on the day. Plus, entry to the Friday Night Degustation
  • Friday night degustation dinner

    Held the night before the festival, mix and mingle with the brewers as you enjoy a delicious 5 course menu with perfectly matched beers. Hosted by The Beer Diva and Professor Pilsner. Find out more

Group Bookings

  • Saturday Family Pass

    General admission for 2 adults (includes lanyard and official tasting glass) and 2 kids aged 15 and under. Total of $95 per family.
  • Group booking

    Groups can book General Admission tickets at a discount price. $5 off for groups of 4 to 9, $7.5 off for groups of 10 to 20, $10 off for groups of 21+.



The festival uses a token system where you purchase tokens to work as your currency for all food and beverages that you purchase throughout the day. One token is valued at $2.00. You’ll have the opportunity to sample from a huge range of beers, ciders, wines and fabulous gourmet food while enjoying nine hours of great live entertainment.

One token = 85 ml beer
Two tokens = 185 ml beer
Three tokens = 285ml (one pot, may vary depending on the beer)
Four tokens = 150ml wine (one standard glass)

Tokens are not redeemable at the end of the festival, however If you have tokens remaining after the day they can still be used. Head to the Terminus in North Fitzroy or Foresters Pub in Collingwood and handover 3 tokens and you'll receive a delicious 'tasting flight' of 4 craft beers. Tasting flights are usually priced at $15 each. This offer expires on February 28, 2018.


PLEASE NOTE: Prices may vary at stall holders' discretion.

Getting to the event

Ballarat Beer Festival is held at Lake Wendouree, on the far western side opposite the botanical gardens.

  • By Train

    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.

    Shuttle Bus

    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.

  • By Car

    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.

Where to stay

Click here to search a wide range of staying options in and around Ballarat.

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

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
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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
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Grab the deal: Phone Jason on (03) 5331 1377 and book yourselves in.