What to Pack
Before you arrive
Your view of Ballarat weather may depend upon your frame of reference. If you are native to Victoria, you might not think much of it. If you are from interstate or overseas you might get caught off-guard by our changing weather.
The summers are warm, the winters can be cold and windy with occasional light dustings of snow. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 4°C (39°F) to 25°C (77°F) and is rarely below -0°C (32°F) or above 34°C (93°F).
The warm season lasts from mid-December to mid-March, with an average daily high temperature above 22°C (71°F). The hottest month of the year in Ballarat is February, with an average high of 25°C (77°F) and low of 12°C (53°F).
The cool season lasts from late May to early September, with an average daily high temperature below 13°C (55°F). The coldest month of the year in Ballarat is July, with an average low of 4°C (39°F) and high of 10°C (50°F).
We recommend you check the Bureau of Meteorology website for the weather forecast before your stay.
Our winters can be cold, however snow is a once-every-few-years phenomenon and generally only light. Bring something waterproof and dress in layers, so you can remove items when you go into venues. If you feel the cold you might want to bring some gloves and a scarf as well.
Like most of Victoria, our summers can be warm and rarely very humid. Having said that, always pack an umbrella as you never know when you might get a shower!
Summertime in Ballarat is magical, with people flocking to outdoor cafes, boating on Lake Wendouree, BBQs, and visiting the numerous public parks and gardens.
Autumn & Spring
Autumn and spring are quite variable and you are subject to luck. You can be in shorts one day, and rugged up with the heater on the next.
The jokes about rain in Victoria are true, it can (and does) rain any time of year. We recommend you pack an umbrella and/or a lightweight hooded windbreaker just in case, and check the weather forecast before you go out each day.
As for other items to pack, few restaurants require more than smart casual dress.
Jeans and sneakers are fine for just about anywhere you want to go, however if you feel like dressing up we certainly won’t discourage you!
Bring some light long sleeve clothes, jeans, that windbreaker noted above, and a small collapsible umbrella if you insist. In the summer, consider swim suits if you want to head to the pool (swimming in Lake Wendouree is not recommended). Don’t forget your sunglasses – which you might need on the same day you’re using your umbrella! Our home is equipped with a hair dryer, iron, washing line, clothes airer and clothes washer/dryer if you do get caught in the rain.