Your "home away from home", the Horse & Goat private self-contained unit is located at our house Riverbend which is on a one-acre block. We have a beautiful outlook in peaceful surrounds across the Werribee River Valley, yet we are just an easy 0.7 km walk from Ballan's main street with its cafes, vintage wares and op shops, and hotels.
Ballan has a rich local history and is also just a hop step and a jump from Daylesford, Trenttham, Blackwood, Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh and Steiglitz, each of these towns being within an easy 30 to 45 minute drive. There are close and excellent bushwalking trails in the Werribee and Lerderderg Gorges and the Brisbane Ranges, all of which give visitors a close-up view of dramatic landscapes and the Australian fauna and flora.
The Horse & Goat is equipped for you to make your own meals, or you can give yourself a holiday and choose from a range of Ballan's eateries - a restaurant, two pubs, several coffee shops, a cafe, a busy bakery, a pizza place and the Thrifty Minx, a collectables and curiosity shop serving morning and afternoon teas and light lunches.
If you do not have a car, you can reach us simply and quickly by train from Southern Cross station, Melbourne (one hour), and we can meet you at the station by arrangement at no extra cost. With Ballan as your base, you can readily make great rail day trips to explore Ararat, Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh and Melbourne.
If you are visiting from overseas, we are happy to meet you at Melbourne Airport (this would attract an extra charge) and there is an efficient bus service to take you directly from Ballan back to the airport when it is time for you to go home.