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The Turret Cafe Sturt Street Ballarat Victoria

WP_20170712_14_23_16_ProDropped in for a coffee and cake at the Turret Cafe ballarat on Sturt street, just down from the base hospital.

As usual, there was a lot of activity, with people both staff and customers scurrying about everywhere, and nomming into delicious looking lunches.

The atmosphere in the cafe is absolutely beautiful, refurbished in a sympathetic style that highlights the history and charm of the building the turret his housed in – “linden”- upstairs is accommodation that can be booked out on air B&B under the name No.1 Errard boutique accommodation.

As we waited patiently for service, mouthwatering fragrances wafted from the sorely tempting looking lunch options as the waitresses rushed about, but sadly we just didn’t have time to stop long enough to enjoy the offerings properly.

The refrigerated cake cabinet was what we were here for though- numerous sumptuous and some rather unique treats, baked in house beckoned!

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We went with one of the more unusual and exotic offerings- a “Croissant” and raspberry cake…

And that was what it was- literally.. but they failed to mention in the description the best part- the fact the Croissants were drowned decadently in dark chocolate fudge sauce, cocoa and the layers of raspberries were interlaced with huge chunks of high quality chocolate. Its quite a creation worth experiencing, and it truly is an absolutely exceptional triumph for the patisserie staff behind the scenes.

Coffee was great too, staff are wonderful. Needless to say, we plan to come back, and try out those meals as soon as possible too.



802 Sturt Street
Ballarat, Victoria 3350

Tel: 03 53344744
Fax: 03 53344722


Freight Bar Hotel Ballarat- Corner Mair and Peel Street

Very tasty  local bar well worth checking out. We paid a visit one night when we couldn’t be bothered cooking, and were not disappointed at all. prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is great!

The staff were chatty, wonderful people too, and its a beautifully refurbished bar (opened in 2013 by Chris Sergent), with multiple levels, cozy gas log fires, and a beer garden, as well as craft beers and an attachment to a house brewery next door- the athletic club brewery co.

Since opening in 2013, the 535m2 site and building of freight bar was sold to new owners for a cool $1.7 million on an inital gross yield of 10.43% ($3150.00/week) in July 2015, reaping a staggering 100% profit (less substantial refurbishment costs) on the 850K price paid less than 3 years beforehand in 2012.


Anyway enough commercial property market trivia!; down to the food- The $20 bar snack plate was delicious!WP_20170624_19_32_04_Pro
4X BBQ sumptuous BBQ ribs, Chinese 5 spiced duck breast, and house made sausage rolls with spicy dipping sauce. Head Chef Chris Watt has certainly excelled himself.

We also ordered a bowl of sweet potato fries for a measly $5 which were a fantastic addition to round off the meal to be a very satisfying light dinner for two!

Full menu for freight bar and hotel Ballarat in PDF can be found here

They were all excellent, but next time we might replace the sausage rolls with another helping of the amazingly tasty ribs, or the Salt and Szechuan Pepper Pork Belly with kaffir lime caramel; which was highly reccommended by some other other punters at the bar we spoke to before makign our selection. (yes, we harassed another friendly looking couple who had already ordered, who sang nothing but praise)


Browsing their website, they also have a membership benefits system, with every 6th meal free!




  • Coffee Club-Every 6th coffee free
  • Freight Forward-Percentage of all your sales goes to local charity of your choice
  • Exclusive deals weekly through ‘Twitter Tuesdays’ & ‘Facebook Fridays’
  • Monthly Members only email offers


Monday – 4pm  – late
Tuesday – 11am – late
Wednesday – 11am – late
Thursday – 11am – late
Friday – 11am – 1am
Saturday – 11am – 1am
Sunday – 11am – 1am


Corner of Mair and Peel St
Ballarat VIC 3350

Ph: (03) 5333 5431

Email: info@freightbar.com.au


The Laundry King- laundromat Ballarat & black hill

DWP_20170422_17_49_04_Prouring a period when I had no working clothes washing appliance, and was pondering and researching which one to buy next, I discovered a surprisingly clean and convenient place to wash and dry your clothes just up the road, at 100 Simpson street, ballarat, victoria, 3350 just on the corner of walker street “The Laundry King”


This little cottage business has sprung up quite recently, and the facilities are sparkling new, clean and reliable.

They also offer FREE wifi internet access that is UNLIMITED so you can watch a movie on your phone or laptop while your clothes wash or dry.

The machines are all coin operated, so you just need to bring a handful of $1 coins with you as some dirty rotten bogan stole the change machine recently… (the golf house hotel pokie machine room down the road is a good source of gold though if you need notes changed.)

If anything goes wrong, you can contact the owners on 0428 233 330



The location is a bit odd- a strange little orphaned line of disparate, unrelated shops exists on a lonely corner, seemingly in the middle of suburban nowhere.

Laundry king shares its complex with a “business broker” that never seems to be open, and a little hairdresser.

WP_20170422_17_48_13_ProThe washing machines are brand spanking new, and seem to be cleaned down and disinfected by one of the rather lovely co-owners a couple times a day with very powerful, but environmentally friendly products. (I know this from the smell, and the distinct lack of a sky high feeling and brain damage when I have been in the building when the cleaning is done.

A wash costs between $4 and $8, Depending on the size of the machine selected.

The HUGE one to the right is the blanket/doona capable jumbo washer, and the cycles on all machines seem to take a very speedy half hour to complete.

A big line of very fast gas dryers occupies the other side, and a surprisingly large number of people come in during winter to use them- they are quite cost effective, as a few dollars will dry quite a swag of clothes, which would cost a kings ransom in electricity at home to do, not to mention the fire risk.


Recorded CCTV from every corner of the building, plus outside, also discourages clothes thefts, and creeps from stealing underwear for very unsavoury purposes that might make you shudder.



Family friendly, they have even set up a play pen with a few toys for bored kids, plus FREE wifi for the BIG kids to play on.

The name “Laundry King” seemed at first to have no relation to the owners at all.. but looking more closely, and seeing relationships with Blueprint consulting group, and Yardparty, both of which are run by Kieren King- I wonder if he is one of the owners, and the gorgeous red-headed lady who cleans the machines is his wife… The website is registered in his name after all, along with his sole trader ABN 86476836930


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