A weekend for two in Ballarat

— with @ladydrewniak & @bykirstyirwin



With us both feeling a little stressed in the city, this wellbeing weekend in Ballarat seemed like just the thing.
But if you’re thinking detox, don’t be silly. Instead we were after some serious pampering.

The Provincial Weekends Credit LadyDrewNiack
Stay at The Provincial Hotel. Its boutique accommodation perfectly combines the building's history and a contemporary, fresh element with beautiful fabrics, furniture and art.

The first thing we noticed about The Provincial Hotel was the room styling. Gorgeous! And take it from both of us, such comfortable beds.

At The Lost Ones, you can order cocktails, sit around the piano, play hoopla, among other games, or pat the resident cat. It’s a totally quirky venue that was perfect for a night out on the town.

The Lost Ones Basement Bar. Credit Lady Drew Niack.
Drinks at The Lost Ones Basement Bar. It's the place is a place to find the odd, the amusing and the interesting.

Dinner was at Moon and Mountain where we opted for the ‘Feed Me’ menu. Half moon meant small serves. Full moon for large ones. We feasted on colourful, fresh ingredients, with interesting twists, like the DIY spring rolls. Oh, and be sure to order more cocktails.


Lola at The Provincial credit @LadyDrewNiack
Breakfast at Lola. Start your day with a coffee made from St Ali coffee beans and a tasty breakfast with ingredients from local producers.

The next day we hung around The Provincial Hotel and had breakfast at their renowned restaurant ‘Lola’. Then it was off to the Art Gallery of Ballarat. It’s the largest and oldest in regional Victoria and its handle is @artgalbal if you want to check it out.

Art Gallery of Ballarat. Credit LadyDrewNiack
Explore the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Established in 1884, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest and largest gallery in regional Australia.

Kittelty’s Cafe is part of the gallery. Here food is handmade daily from local produce, so each dish is like an artform in itself.

Ballarat Sanctuary Day Spa credit @LadyDrewNiack
Time to unwind, indulge and enjoy complete bliss at Ballarat's Sanctuary Day Spa.

With our minds and bodies replenished, it was time to soothe the soul at the Ballarat Sanctuary Day Spa. Such a zen space, tucked into a tiny valley, with nature all around. So lush, green and serene we had to take a photo. Also a call out to the staff who just added to the whole experience.

Mitchell Harris credit @LadyDrewNiack
Enjoy a delicious drop at Mitchell Harris.

Did someone say wine hour. I think we did. So it was off to Mitchell Harris Wines, where the grape is grown. What they do with it after that is certainly worthy of your tasting.

Next up was Underbar. We couldn’t believe that a place like this existed. If you’re a foodie, highly recommend sitting at the chef’s table for a progressive menu. Every single morsel is delicious.

Underbar. Credit @LadyDrewNiack
There’s intimate dining and then there’s Underbar, Ballarat’s newest upscale culinary destination.

First thing Sunday we were at Websters Market and Cafe. We’d been looking forward to going to Lake Wendouree where there is this amazing farmer’s market. But it’s only on certain weekends. So we’ll have to do that next time. 

Think fine bone china, champagne flutes, scones, petite fours and finger sandwiches. With a high tea, served in these sumptuous surrounds, our sense of wellbeing was complete. In all, it was a weekend we could get used to. For sure, anyone could!

Craigs Royal Hotel credit @LadyDrewNiak
Visit Craig's Royal Hotel. Opening in 1853, it has played host to poets, princes and prime ministers over its 160-year history.

Plan your next weekend with our Couple's Itinerary