Dating back to 1865, Craig’s Royal is a cornerstone of cultural importance in Ballarat. Take a moment to admire the grand, sweeping exterior marked by pillars and arched windows. An opulent choice for a romantic weekend, rooms here maintain original period features like heavy-draped curtains and sparkling chandeliers.
If you’re celebrating a special date, opt for a sumptuous Royal Suite. You’ll snuggle with your loved one in an antique four-poster bed made from plush upholstery and polished wood, or sprawl on a chaise longue next to tall windows. Order some bubbly from room service and slide into the marble bath for a long, shared soak.
Under the airy glass atrium of The Gallery restaurant, choose from a menu that follows the “paddock to plate” philosophy. You’ll tuck into local fare like Great Ocean Road duck with nettle purée, or a cooling plate of cucumber, fennel and fresh cream spooned over crumbled market fish.
If you’re feeling inspired, you can brush up on your own culinary skills at a cookery class, or channel your inner sommelier at a wine tasting. The restored Grand Dining Room opens up on Sundays to a traditional high tea experience, where you can enjoy delicate finger sandwiches, melt-in-the-mouth scones and carefully crafted confectionaries.