Mayor's Message

What comes to mind when you first think about Ballarat?

Let me take one guess … you thought about the goldrush and our beautiful historic buildings.

Well I can tell you there is so much more to unearth about this wonderful place.

So when we started thinking about what we could offer you this Heritage Weekend it made sense to embrace everything that makes Ballarat so unique.

With that in mind, we’re shifting the focus this year to one of storytelling and experience.

While all the Heritage Weekend favourites are returning, we’re extending what’s on offer late into the night.

This year we’re tapping into fire to tell our stories. Think fire pits and barrels, authentic Ballarat stories revisited and told in a unique way, and let’s not forget our Wadawurrung heritage and broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and culture – a theme which will feature throughout the weekend.

You can also expect uniquely heritage-infused food that’s sure to be the envy of your Instagram followers.

By the end of this weekend, we want you to leave our city having loved everything about it, from its epic laneways, authentic stories and local creatives, to our amazing chefs, wine makers, and brewers who use the best produce our region has to offer.

Then, we’re hoping the next time someone asks you about Ballarat, you will be able to tell them just how much this city is worth exploring.

– Councillor Samantha McIntosh, Mayor – City of Ballarat.

Join in at the Ballarat Heritage Weekend

25-26 May 2019