VIC Tourism welcomes Quality Inn Heritage On Lydiard in Ballarat Central, find and discover wonderful places to visit in Ballarat Central.The Quality Inn Heritage on Lydiard is a boutique hotel nestled on Ballarat's beautiful historic Lydiard Street in the city centre. Surrounded by some of Ballarat's grandest buildings the hotel was formerly the bank of New South Wales and dates back to 1862 during the height of the gold rush period. It has now been transformed into an architecturally designed masterpiece combining stylish modern accommodation with a distinct heritage flavour. Room levels include standard, executive and superior with 40 inch screens, complimentary cable television, in-house movies and wireless internet. Some rooms feature spa's, gas log fires, chandeliers and views of Lydiard Street. Hotel amenities include gymnasium, outdoor heated plunge pool and spa, sun deck, conference and function facilities and the leading Lydiard Wine Bar. The hotel offers a unique overall experience in a sophisticated environment. Sip a glass of the local and regional wine while relaxing in a comfortable lounge chairs, enjoying the music from the baby grand piano and savouring the flavours of the exquisite shared style menu. The Lydiard Wine Bar provides an elegant and sophisticated setting for you to appreciate the act of winding down. Head Chef Damien Jones has extensive experience having been at the head of highly regarded restaurants in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne. Damien created the concept of shared plate food of modern cuisine at Lydiard Wine Bar. Classically French trained and an enthusiast of Thai cuisine, Damien is back in his hometown after almost two decades polishing his culinary skills at London's Bibendum under Simon Hopkinson, David Thompsons Michelin-starred Nahm (where he cooked for Gordon Ramsay) and Melbourne fine diners Circa, the Prince, Mrs Jones and Vin Cellar.
Quality Inn Heritage On Lydiard has some interesting information on why Australia is called the land down under?
Australia is known as 'the land Down Under' for its position in the southern hemisphere. The discovery of Australia began when European explorers searched for land under the continent of Asia. Before Australia was discovered, it was known as Terra Australis Incognita the unknown southern land.
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