About The Canberra Hotel

New life for an historic Ballarat Icon

The Canberra Hotel is an iconic, pioneering historic building. It was first built as a hotel just 12 years after the battle at the Eureka Stockade in 1866 and first opened as the Rose of Denmark Hotel. It was renamed the Vine Hotel before becoming the Canberra Hotel.

The hotel’s design is classic late-Victorian picturesque style, with its complex roofs comprising steeply pitched gabled and jerkinhead forms.

The two-storey building, which was originally brick, now has an early 20th-century rendered finish and slate roof cladding. There is a balcony and verandah that has arched openings and timber-framed double-hung windows (including tripartite windows) and a corner door opening that is flanked by ornate steel columns.

The hotel is a local historical landmark, centrally positioned with plenty of parking available on the north-east corner of the intersection of Creswick Road and Macarthur Street.

The Canberra has been fully refurbished in an art deco style that has revitalised this Ballarat gem. Through adaptive re-use, it operates as an intimate and unique special events and reception centre that has style and glamour. It provides boutique accommodation that is characterised by an intimate atmosphere and a distinctive style that is unique to Ballarat.

Features include unique spaces for special occasions such as weddings, intimate gatherings, corporate functions, high teas and Devonshire teas. The hotel also holds seasonal champagne and Pimm’s garden parties.

The new Canberra Hotel complements the growing boutique accommodation, events and hospitality sectors in Ballarat.


Introducing Your Host


Host Malcolm Roberts is Ballarat born and educated. He has had a varied business career in hospitality, corporate management and senior management where he was responsible for delivering high levels of customer service.

His interest in hospitality began from an early age when he developed an interest in old-fashioned cooking from his Aunty Linda. More recently, he established his boutique catering business Tickety Boo.

He also has a passion for collecting antiques and collectibles, which is evident in the styling of the Canberra Hotel.

For the past six years he has operated the Queen’s Birthday Weekend Antique Bazaar at the Mining Exchange. In 2019 it will be held at Ballarat’s Civic Hall on Saturday 8 June, Sunday 9 June and Monday 10 June.

He has a firm commitment and passion for Ballarat and the region, supporting local small businesses and understands their impact on the economy of our great city.

About Ballarat

Ballarat is truly a city of history and heritage – it’s the site of the only civil uprising in Australia, the Battle at the Eureka Stockade (3 December 1854). With so much on offer in Ballarat, your interest may take you to the heritage buildings along Lydiard and Sturt streets, including the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, which is one of the best regional galleries in the country, and the Mechanics Institute in Sturt Street, which also has a rich history and a library to browse.

Her Majesty’s Theatre proudly sits in Lydiard Street South and is Ballarat’s premier performing arts facility, home to the renowned Royal South Street Competitions. “Her Maj” has a proud history and is Australia’s oldest continuously operating theatre.

Over the June long weekend, the Mining Exchange in Lydiard Street is the venue for the Ballarat Antique Bazaar. Showcasing the best antique dealers from across Australia, there is something for everyone.

Whilst in the city, you can also enjoy coffee, cake, lunch or dinner at any one of its fine cafés or restaurants. During May, the Plate Up Ballarat Festival will showcase a number of events involving Ballarat’s best eateries.

With a convenient location, the Canberra Hotel is located just 200 metres from beautiful Lake Wendouree (venue for the 1956 Olympic rowing events) as well as being a short stroll from the centre of town. Take a walk or run and enjoy this stunning Ballarat icon. On the western side of Wendouree Parade, you can visit the Ballarat Tramway Museum next to the Botanical Gardens and enjoy a scenic ride on one of the heritage trams of Ballarat.

If gardens attract your interest, be sure to visit Ballarat’s renowned Botanical Gardens. The early records date many of its stunning trees back to the 1860s.

To continue the theme of Canberra, take a stroll along the Prime Ministers Avenue in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. The only one of its kind, the avenue displays bronze busts of all of Australia’s past prime ministers. If you visit in March, you will be fortunate to enjoy the Begonia Festival and see the beautiful begonias, another one of Ballarat’s jewels. The gardens are well maintained, with various seasonal themes throughout the year. Plants are also on sale, with proceeds going to the Friends of the Botanical Gardens Society.

Getting Around

Ballarat’s Canberra Hotel is located within walking distance of Lake Wendouree (5 minutes) or the city centre (10 minutes). There are plenty of cabs (131008) and Uber drivers available to take you anywhere you wish to go.


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