The Ballarat Mining Exchange is located at 12 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented event in recent history. To protect the health of residents and staff, the City of Ballarat has instigated its Response and Recovery Pandemic 2020 Plan for its staff, ratepayers, residents and the broader community. Evidence from around the world has shown that pre-emptive measures are extremely effective in containing the spread of the disease.

NOTE: This is an extremely fluid situation and events are changing daily.

Council services closed indefinitely to the public from 5pm Monday 16 March 2020 including The Ballarat Civic Hall.

Ballarat residents are being assured that they still have access to a number of regular Council services so for up-to-date information, please visit the City of Ballarat website ballarat.vic.gov.au/


Mirroring Ballarat’s rich history, The Ballarat Mining Exchange was built between 1887-9 and was used for trading of shares in mining companies during the Gold Rush era.  Retaining many of the heritage features, the Ballarat Mining Exchange continues to host a multitude of events such as corporate and private functions which include fashion parades, exhibitions, live performances, product launches, weddings, cocktail parties, trade shows, markets and fundraising events.  

The Mining Exchange has many unique features to make any occasion memorable including eighteen alcoves which can be utilised for any occasion, seating which can be configured to suit any event, a fully equipped commercial kitchen and slab floor heating.  

Satisfied customers include the internationally acclaimed Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Ballarat’s very own Rockabilly Festival, the Ballarat Heritage Weekend as well as Federation University of Ballarat.   

The popularity of the Ballarat Mining Exchange and a wide range of hosted events is a testament to its flexibility. Measuring 39 X 8.5 meters, the main hall has a capacity of 250 seated and 500 standing. The venue also features a breakout space for more intimate functions, celebrations and corporate meetings. This space is 10 x 15 metres and has a capacity of 100 seated, 250 standing. 

Venue features include: 

  • Fully operatable commercial kitchen complete with stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, and ample bench space for food preparation.  
  • Fully accessible complete with amenities and dedicated seating options   
  • The Ballarat Mining Exchange is a quick walk from the train station and a wide range of restaurants bars and accommodation providers suiting all budget needs. 

The Ballarat Mining Exchange is supported by a professional team who provide technical, ticketing, marketing, and event expertise to help bring your event to life with a high degree of professionalism and proficiency.  

The Ballarat Civic Hall is managed by the City of Ballarat.

For full venue specifications and hire costs, please contact Jo Kruse on 03 5364 2360 or jkruse@hermaj.com

The Ballarat Mining Exchange is taking bookings for 2021/2022


Daniel Henderson
Venue Manager (Her Majesty’s Ballarat, The Ballarat Civic Hall and Ballaarat Mining Exchange)

Phone: 03 5333 5888

Email: danielhenderson@ballarat.vic.gov.au

Jo Kruse
17 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat

Phone: 03 5333 5888


Are you interested in hiring the Ballarat Mining Exchange?

Contact us by filling in the form below with details of your proposed event – name, proposed dates and a brief description – and we will get back to you.


Wheelchair/disabled persons access is available via the Front and Back doors and the venue is fully accessible complete with amenities and dedicated seating options  . 

Public transport and parking

The Ballarat Mining Exchange is a quick walk from the train station and a wide range of restaurants bars and accommodation providers suiting all budget needs