At a Glance
Located on historic Lydiard Street in the heart of Ballarat, Craig’s Royal Hotel is the legendary Australian gold-rush era grand hotel.
Built in 1862 on the site of Bath’s Hotel, Ballarat’s first officially licensed pub, Craig’s has been a goldfield icon since Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, slept in its ornately decorated rooms in 1867 and Dame Nellie Melba famously sang from its balcony in 1908.
Now, after 5 years extensive restoration, the magnificent accommodation, dining, meeting and banquet facilities are re-establishing Craig’s as the finest boutique heritage hotel in the region.
A perfect combination of historic charm, tradition and innovation
Recognised as one of regional Australia’s most prestigious; wedding venues, Craig’s Royal Hotel is the perfect combination of historic charm, tradition and innovation. Over 6 years restoration and refitting works have created a wedding venue, unmatched in the region.
Stunning bridal suites, luxurious guest accommodation and beautiful settings throughout the hotel allow for one of a kind photo opportunities.
Food will impress with bespoke menus created – formal dinner or cocktail style – by head chef Shannon Easton capturing the best of regional flavours and produce and a wide selection of local and Craig’s own cellar wine collection.
Grand Dining Room
This spectacular and opulent room is decorated in the late 19th century Empire style with its high ceiling and fine wallpapers. With room to seat 110 guests and space for a dance floor, the Grand Dining Room is the perfect location for an elegant wedding reception.
The Prince's Room
The legendary Prince’s room was specially prepared for royalty in 1867 when Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh visited Ballarat. The room is decorated with rich wallpapers and a most magnificent ceiling installed at the beginning of the last century.
The Reading Room
Located on historic Lydiard Street and overlooking Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Reading Room boasts an elegant balcony with views of one of Ballarat’s most historic landmarks.
The Bluestone Cellar
Deep under Craig’s wonderful Victorian edifice is a contrasting bluestone and timber cellar which in years gone by set the scene for much joyous imbibing. Now a private setting for dinner parties, mystery nights, wine dinners and gatherings with a classic rustic feel.
Restoration of 41 elegant suites and rooms bedecked with antiques and with a touch of the 21st Century. The tower suite has sweeping views across Lydiard street and an elaborately carved 600-year-old Chinese wedding bed.
Craig's Royal Hotel, built in 1862, is a 5-star hotel in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. The gold-rush era grand hotel is located on historic Lydiard Street in the heart of Ballarat. Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, slept in Craig's Royal Hotel in 1867, and Dame Nellie Melba sang from its balcony in 1908. The hotel hosts weddings for up to 110 people in several spaces.
Weddings at Craig's Royal Hotel
The Grand Dining Room is decorated in late nineteenth century Empire style. The room has a high ceiling, fine wallpaper, and chandeliers. The Prince’s Room is distinguished by a coffered ceiling. The Reading Room is a split level room with a balcony while the Bluestone Cellar showcases contrasting bluestone and timber.
The venue’s culinary team creates bespoke menus, formal dinner or cocktail style, capturing the best of regional flavours. Food is paired with wine, chosen from a wide selection of local wine or Craig’s own cellar wine collection.
Accommodation and Tourist Attractions
Craig's Royal Hotel has 41 plush rooms with ornate furnishings. Upgraded rooms add extras like balconies and whirlpool baths. The tower suite has an elaborately carved 600-year-old Chinese wedding bed. Amenities include a bistro with a sunroom and courtyard and a posh cocktail bar.
Ballarat, part of Victoria’s Goldfields, has leafy boulevards that are lined with heritage buildings. Interesting sites in the area include the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Sturt Street Gardens, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Kryal Castle, and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.