So you are thinking of visiting Ballarat

You can’t take a trip to Ballarat without taking in it’s history. The best way to do this is by visiting Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill is a recreated 1850’s goldmine and one of the best attractions in Australia. You can experience our goldrush past by panning for gold, shopping in the authentic streets and eating at the original restaurants. There is also Blood on the Southern Cross, the Eureka Stockade and the Ballarat Gold Museum.
Ballarat is Victoria’s second largest regional centre and only around 75 minutes drive from Melbourne. Over 84,000 people live in this vibrant rural city.
Major attractions include the Begonia Festival (held each year at Lake Wendouree in March), Sovereign Hill and the Eureka Stockade. After taking a tram ride around the lake or a paddle boat ride on it visitors can stroll through the beauty of Ballarat’s Botanical Gardens.
The architure of Ballarat is stunning with buildings such as the Fine Art Museum offering a the perfect example of how well we can maintain our beautiful past. Ballarat is an all year destination offering everything you would expect in a city including movie theatre, bowling lanes, live theatre, restaurants and cafes galore, and every type of pampering you can imagine.

The Rusty Spud, Ballarat

You guessed it – this is a potato restaurant and one of the best I have had the pleasure of enjoying. With a two hour drive home after a full on visit to Ballarat I was in need of something delicious to carry me home when like an oasis the Rusty Spud appeared.
They are not open Mondays so try a different day if you like a baked potato as much as I do. The cafe is located around the corner from the Ballarat Mall and I even managed to get a park right out the front around 5 pm. Either way there is plenty of parking close by. Inside is a long bar extending to the back of the restaurant with seating and tables around the room. I chose to dine in the next room which has an eclectic feel with goods for sale and a sunken part at the front where you dine on timber pallets with cushions in front of the large window to the street.
Service was friendly and very helpful and we found the menu catered to both our desires. Worth a mention was the Mexican Spud which has corn chips impaled around the spud. Prices were very reasonable and The Rusty Spud would easily fit into the cheap eats category.
I don’t get to Ballarat often but when I do this cafe will be on my must visit list.



Phone:: 0497 406 592

Address: 21 Peel Street North, Ballarat, Victoria 3350

Monday:  CLOSED
Tuesday: 9:15 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:15 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday: 9:15 am to 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:15 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED