The Alfred Motor Inn is favourably positioned amongst Ballarat’s impressive tree-lined Avenue of Honour, a short walk or drive to the best attractions this picturesque city has to offer. Nestled amongst the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and a leisurely 80 minute drive from Melbourne, Ballarat is a thriving modern city with a historically intriguing soul.
This is a neat motel with well-manicured gardens offering a Single Special Standard Room with queen bed (sleeps 2 guests), a Double Standard Room with queen bed (sleeps 2 guests), Twin Room with one queen bed and one single bed (sleeping 3 guests). Families or groups may be interested in the One Room Family Unit with one queen bed and two single beds (sleeping 4) or the larger Two Room Family Unit comprising of one queen and one single bed in one bedroom and two single beds in another (sleeps up to 5 guests).
Extra features available during your stay include continental cooked breakfast delivered to your room, Foxtel and Wireless Broadband Internet access, DVD and video hire. Larger parking bays exist to accommodate boats, trailers and big vehicles.
Greenside Bistro at Ballarat Golf Club is a restaurant that offers lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The expansive building with floor to ceiling windows is positioned at the heart of the championship course. Enjoy uninterrupted views over a succulent meal and wine.
Families will appreciate Lazy Moe’s, a friendly establishment just a short walk from the motel, along Sturt Street. With exceptional service and a wide range of well cooked meals to choose from this is a local restaurant well worth a visit.
The Alfred Motor Inn’s ‘Ballarat Getaway’ Package Deal is a great proposition for guests; offering a Double or Twin Room unit for two nights with a box of chocolates on arrival and cooked breakfast on both mornings. A 10% discount will apply to your overall room rate. Please note this great package is subject to availability and potential event exclusion periods may apply. Not to be used in conjunction with other specials or discounts.
Consider a visit to Ballarat’s many outlying townships. Buninyong, Smythesdale, Scarsdale, Beaufort, Learmonth, Talbot, Avoca, Moonambel, Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford/ Hepburn Springs and Smeaton, all historical towns with a diverse range of local attractions, wineries, day spas, campsites, markets and biking/hiking trails.
Ballarat has a variety of tourist attractions and activities for everybody, with a short effortless trip to all due to the motel’s convenient location.
Exceptional opportunities exist to explore Ballarat’s local nature and wildlife. The award winning Ballarat Wildlife Park offers examples of some of Australia’s most popular native wildlife. Experience up close interaction with koalas, wombats, kangaroos and meet the Park’s five meter long crocodile named ‘Crunch’ during his daily feeding session! Complete with guided tours, educational time with the park keepers, café and souvenir shop.
Visitors seeking a more tranquil day out will appreciate Ballarat Bird World. Boasting a variety of over 200 Australian and exotic birds to view and enjoy in their extensive free-flight aviary.
The captivating Ballarat Botanical Gardens is popular amongst visitors as one of Australia’s most appealing cool climate gardens. This garden, of more than 40 hectares, is situated on the western banks of Lake Wendouree with remarkable tree lined avenues, and beautiful floral displays. The Prime Ministers Avenue displays a collection of statues dedicated to Australia’s past and present leaders.
Lake Wendouree is a shallow urban lake in the heart of Ballarat, and part of the Central Highlands natural wetlands. Recreational activities on offer include the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, walking tracks, trails for cyclists, BBQ picnic areas on the banks of the lake and indigenous children’s playground. Savour the surrounds of this 150 year old attraction and enjoy the many lake side cafés and restaurants available.
Seeking some retail therapy? Ballarat has a great variety of malls, markets and specialty stores to pursue. Bridge Mall, Central Square and Stockland Wendouree are 3 large indoor malls with an abundance of retailers to choose from under one roof.
Lovers of vintage fashion, retro homewares and gifts will be inclined to enjoy The Crafty Squirrel, or equally appealing in the heart of the city, is the Known World Bookshop. A gorgeous, old-fashioned haven of rare and collectible pre-loved books with an in-house coffee bar to enhance your browsing experience.
The Mining Exchange Gold shop with gold nuggets, jewellery and souvenirs is a perfect place to purchase for someone special or a treat for yourself as a memento of your trip.
This ever popular attraction is an outdoor museum that recreates the bustling and exciting gold rush days of Sovereign Hill during the first decade of Ballarat’s gold rush era. Costumed characters and historically accurate settings breathe life into a bygone era where you can pan for gold, take a guided mine tour, ride through town on a horse drawn carriage or sample shopping, hotels, schools and theatres of the 1850’s. By night take pleasure in ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, a multi-million dollar show that encapsulates the dramatic Eureka Uprising of 1854.
The Ballarat – Skipton Rail Trail is an appealing 53k trek along a railway trail between both towns. Wind your way through vast countryside, bushland, townships and areas of historical significance such as a former Chinese settlement in Nintingbool. The newly upgraded gravel surfaces, signage and seating/rest points along the way ensure that walkers, cyclists and horse riders of all levels of experience can partake in this attraction.