Ballarat Hotel

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Bath's Hotel, 1857

The Ballarat Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, 1853 - 1860>. The hotel was also known Bath's Hotel. It later became Craig's Royal Hotel.



The hotel was the first licensed hotel on the Ballarat goldfields.[1] Thomas Bath was granted a licence on 1 July 1853 for the Ballarat Hotel.[1] The hotel was renamed Craig's Royal Hotel some time after it was purchased by Walter Craig.


Biddle's Saw Mills supplied timber for Bath’s Hotel in 1853.[2]

The hotel was offered for sale in April 1857:

BATH'S HOTEL, BALLARAT, FOR SALE. To Wine and Spirit Merchants, Capitalists, Speculators, Trustees, Investment Societies, the Public generally of Victoria and the surrounding Colonies. HIGHLY IMPORTANT SALE OF THE MOST VALUABLE TOWN PROPERTY ON BALLARAT. For Sale, per Private Contract, the first-established Hotel on the Gold fields of Australia, universally acknowledged, and has well earned the enviable reputation of being the best Hotel, in the best situation, and doing the most lucrative business of any Hotel in the Colonies. W. C. SMITH has much pleasure in announcing that he is honored with positive instructions from the proprietor, Thos. Bath, Esq., who is retiring from public business, to Sell, per private contract, those truly magnificent buildings, known through out the whole of the Australasian Colonies as Standing indisputably on the most commanding, valuable, and central site that could possibly have been chosen on the Metropolis of the Gold Fields, viz., Ballarat.
The Hotel has a frontage to Lydiard-street of 120 feet by a depth of 100 feet, the Ground has a depth of 330 feet and a frontage to Armstrong-street of 100 feet : the Hotel has a grand and imposing front. On the first floor is The Bar, measuring 43 by 18 feet, which, for elegance of style, is second to none in the Colonies, being most superbly finished with fittings of the richest description. In front of the building are Two Offices, one let to an engineer and surveyor, the other to a solicitor. Leading through two entrance halls and pas sages, which, extend to the length of 227 feet, are private sitting-rooms, with bed-rooms attached ; four parlors, fitted in the most recherche style ; besides a large and commodious Commercial Room, 24 by 17 feet.. On the same floor are twenty two bed-rooms, sixteen of which are newly erected, lathed and plastered throughout.
There is also a New Stone and Brick Building, on the ground floor of which are the pantries, scullery, and boot-room, a large kitchen, containing a splendid cooking range, and every requisite for the culinary department. The floors of this building are of dressed stone. The upper floor of this building is a most Magnificent Dining Room, 46 by 22 feet, fitted up in the most gorgeous style. On the second floor is an extensively patronised Billiard Room, containing two billiard tables. This room is, without doubt, the most fashionable resort on Ballarat. From this room is access to a Beautiful Balcony, which embraces one of the finest panoramas of pleasing and varied scenery, taking in the whole of Ballarat East and a number of the principal leads. On the second and third floors are a number of additional sleeping apartments. The whole of the bed-rooms in this favorite establishment, for the taste with which they are fitted, and the comfort of their arrangements, have most deservedly obtained them the encomiums of all visitors.
There are stables, containing seventy-five stalls, paved with stone, &c., with hay-loft, &c., complete. A handsome Coach Office has been erected, at which parties are booked to all parts of the Colony ; from fifteen to twenty coaches arrive and leave daily. Be longing to the Hotel is a splendid Weigh-bridge, which the farmers from our unequalled agricultural district bring into constant requisition. Opposite the bridge is the office of Mr Wm. Waterhouse, Horse and Cattle Salesman, and at the back of the Hotel are erected splendid yards for wild cattle. There is a pump in the yard capable of sending water to any part of the building. A clock in the turret adds to the convenience of the establishment. In fact, the present proprietor bas spared no exertion or expense in keeping pace with the times, as the unrivalled business the Hotel now commands shows how well he has succeeded. Any one who has visited, this establishment must have been astonished at the amount of business concentrated there, coaches, cabs, &c., arriving and departing crowded with passengers, at all hours of the day, the street full of drays loaded with every description of produce, waiting their turn at the weigh-bridge, the crowded bar, and nearly every room engaged : in one you find a party of miners dividing their gold ; in another a committee, &c., all farmers, miners, merchants, passengers, cattle buyers and sellers, all adding to the immense business and connection this Hotel has deservedly obtained.
W. C. S. would in conclusion remark, that during tho whole of his professional experience he has never had property placed in his hands that be could recommend with such implicit confidence; he would simply mention that 40 by 70 feet of land opposite has recently changed hands at £1300 sterling,- £2000 has since been offered for the same ground, and been refused ; Mr Bath has also let 16 by 64 feet of depth for £100 a year rent, the lessee erecting his own buildings. Title-Crown Grant. Terms, exceedingly liberal, being one third cash, balance four bills at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months, the last three bearing Bank interest ; thus giving the fortunate purchaser the opportunity of paying two-thirds out of the profits of the business. For all further particulars, and for cards lo view this noble property, apply to W. C. SMITH, Auctioneer and Land Agent, Colonial Land Office, Sturt-street, Ballarat.[3]


The Ballarat Hotel was on the west side of Lydiard Street South, Ballarat, now numbered as 10 Lydiard Street South.[4]


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A replica of the hotel's stables have been built at Sovereign Hill.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Hargreaves, John. Ballarat Hotels Past and Present, pg. 2, 1943, Ballarat
  2. accessed 15 March 2013.
  3. 1857 'Bath's Hotel for sale.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 April, p. 3, viewed 28 December, 2015,
  4. Craig's Royal Hotel website
  5. 1858 'DISTRICT POLICE COURT. Friday, 18th June.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 21 June, p. 2, viewed 25 October, 2014,

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