If it's this good as a work in progress, the Hotel Ernest is going to be spectacular – and perhaps a destination unto itself – when the restaurant and bar are installed.
Everything old is new again in Ballarat, a city that excels in imaginative and stylish makeovers and restorations of historic buildings.
Elvis: Direct from Graceland is on at Bendigo Art Gallery, but the city is rocking and rolling with 30 Elvis-inspired experiences right now.
It went from Baptist Church, to nightclub, to derelict pigeon haven. Now this graceful property has been beautifully restored.
This Victorian town boomed during the gold rush era and offers plenty of history, along with art galleries, fine food and more.
Sure, every country town probably has a bakery claiming their version is the national champ. But the sweet treat created here is the official best.
Ballarat is using the skills and craftmanship of the past to forge a bright future.
There's something romantic about being on board a paddlesteamer, unless you're the poor engineer.