A stylish Roadtrip escape to Ballarat

On Saturday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Ballarat MSFW Regional Extension runway show, the perfect way to toast the closure of Spring Fashion Week for another year.

Set in the architecturally outstanding hall of The Mining Exchange, the runway featured collections by some of Australia’s leading designers including Rebecca Vallance, Sass & Bide, Gorman, Megan Park, Thurley and Bianca Spender.

The show unveiled the Western District’s contribution to our State’s fashion realm, forming part of a three day series which celebrated many of the region’s local designers, a Wool Industry retrospective and MSFW highlights.


MSFW Ballarat Regional Extension

The Mining Exchange

The Mining Exchange - MSFW Ballarat Regional Extension

RUNWAY SHOW - MSFW Ballarat Regional Extension

Gorman - MSFW Ballarat Regional Extension

Closing - MSFW Ballarat Regional Extension

Finale - MSFW Ballarat Regional Extension


Melbourne Girl goes to Ballarat



Twelve Errand Apartments – Chic and cosy, centrally located apartment. Walking distance to the main street and shopping precinct, this accomodation is spacious, airy and inviting.



Sovereign Hill – Sovereign Hill is an Australian tourism icon, an outdoor museum presenting the story of Australia’s fabulous goldrush era. If your a bit of a history buff like me, you’ll love their hands-on exhibits, working machinery displays and costumed interpreters.

Lake Wendouree – Situated bang in the centre of Ballarat and park of theBallarat Botanical Gardens, Lake Wendouree is the perfect place to visit for a relaxing afternoon by the water. Or put on your activity hat and experience the cycling trails, bird watching, family playgrounds and multiple picnic and BBQ facilities.

Victoria Park – A great place for families to enjoy some time together, with one of the best playgrounds in the town. Home to a double flying fox, swings, slides and a carousel.



The Forge – This spacious possibly the best traditional, wood-fired pizzas I’ve eaten in Australia! And I love pizza, so that’s a big call!

Knife Fork and Spoon Kitchen – Located in Lydiard St North, this cafe is wrapped up in three words… Drool-Worthy Shakes! Also known as their fancy shakes, this cafe is the perfect breakfast and brunch spot when you are in Ballarat.



Knife Fork and Spoon Kitchen





Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and Racing.com, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

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