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The Bell Tower Inn, Ballarat - The number one choice for Coach groups

16 February 2017

Tours and Groups

Welcome to the Bell Tower Inn, Ballarat. We have been welcoming tours & groups of all types for several years, from schools to sports and families to reunions, and we would like to share with you a little more information about our hotel prior to your arrival.


The Bell Tower Inn has free onsite parking with no height restrictions, for over 70 vehicles plus 4 coaches. When you arrive at the hotel, please come into reception and one of our team will guide you to your allocated coach park and take a moment to tell your guests about the motel and the facilities we have.



Our motel rooms are all allocated on the ground floor and there are no stairs to negotiate. Should you wish to book porterage for your group, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 03 5334 1600 and we can discuss your time of arrival and individual requirements. (Surcharge may apply)


All our rooms are located on the ground floor for easy access. We have a variety of room types designed to meet your needs. Our Queen Rooms come with 1 queen bed, ideal for singles or couples and our King Spa suites are popular with couples or VIP’s. For families or groups travelling together, we have three options: Twin Rooms with 1 queen bed and a single bed for 3 guests, Family Rooms with 1 queen and 2 single beds suitable for 4 guests or Family Divided Rooms with 1 queen and 1 single bed in the main room and 2 single beds in a separate room suitable for 5 guests. The Family Divided Rooms are accessed by 1 key, the kids have their own room within your hotel room and can be monitored by yourselves, but have their own quiet space to retreat to when sleep beckons.

Our Family Divided rooms measure a very generous 42 square metres with all other rooms measuring 30 square metres in size, ensuring you have space to make yourself at home. We hear back from our guests frequently about how spacious our rooms are.

Inside each room, you will find a work desk, a flat screen TV, mini refrigerator for storing drinks or snacks, coffee and tea making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, bathroom amenities, electric blankets for chilly winter nights plus ensuite bathroom. Each room has a bathroom with walk-in shower and separate bath except for the King Spa suites which have a generous 2-person spa bath.

Please note that all rooms are non-smoking and there are designated smoking spots around the motel. We ask that guests use these spots for smoking as there are safe bins located there for the disposal of butts.

Hotel Facilities

Should your guests have a little free time to enjoy while at the hotel, we have an indoor heated swimming pool with spa, coin operated laundry facilities and washing powder available for sale at reception and Free Wifi for all guests so they can catch up with the latest news and post some travel snaps to make the friends and relatives stuck at home very jealous.

For those feeling a little more adventurous, we have bikes for hire at reception and can arrange, with 24 hours’ notice for electric bikes to be available for collection on arrival.

There is a Woolworths supermarket 1.2km from the hotel, approx. 15 min walk or a corner store located 220m or 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel should guests need to stock up on essentials.

Glasshouse Restaurant & Bar

A full buffet breakfast is served from 7am each day. Should your group need to be up and out prior to this time, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 03 5334 1600 and we can arrange an earlier breakfast for you.

Dinner is served by prior arrangement only. When booking, please inform us whether your group would like to add dinner and we can arrange a menu per your budget and special dietary requirements. We will contact you a couple of weeks prior to arrival to discuss your final numbers, special dietary requirements, time for breakfast and dinner and menu.

The Bar is located just beside reception. There is ample comfortable seating for guests to enjoy a drink and get to know their fellow travellers and we have a fire place for the colder winter months. The bar opens from 5pm but we can open earlier, let us know what time you are due to arrive at the hotel and we can staff accordingly.



The Bell Tower Inn is located at 1845 Sturt St, Ballarat. At the intersection of the C805 and Ring Road, 5km from the City Centre or 10 minutes’ drive.

Should you be looking to take a coach into the CBD of Ballarat, there are set coach parks in the following areas:

* 15 Sturt St, outside Thomas the Jewellers / between Greenville & Albert Streets

* Corner Albert St & Sturt St, outside Kevin Paisleys Glasses

When visiting Lake Wendouree, coaches can be parked opposite Pipers Restaurant / 403 Wendouree Parade. This is the northern entrance to the Botanical Gardens and public restrooms are located near the parking spot.

The larger tourist attractions such as Sovereign Hill and Kryal Castle all have onsite coach parking.


Enquiry to Confirmation To enquire, please call reservations direct on 03 5334 1600 or email the hotel on

When contacting the hotel, we will require the following information:

* Date of arrival and departure

* Number of rooms and room types required

* Preferred package – Bed and Breakfast or Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

* Any special requirements

We can hold rooms on option for you for up to 7 days while you finalize arrangements with your group and confirm numbers etc. After 7 days, we will require a 20% deposit to continue holding your rooms. This is non-refundable. 3 months prior to arrival, we will require another deposit of 30% and 1 month prior to arrival we will require the final payment for your group. Should you wish to make alternative arrangements for your group, please discuss this at the enquiry stage. Payments can be taken by credit card or direct deposit, but credit card surcharges do apply for certain cards.

14 days prior to arrival, we will contact you to confirm all details:

* Estimated time of arrival and departure

* Porterage – do you require assistance with bags (surcharge may apply)

* Meals – breakfast, dinner & any special dietary requirements

* Rooming list detailing who will be in each room and who is sharing with whom

* Coach driver / tour managers name & contact details

After your group departs, we will forward a tax invoice for your records.


We look forward to welcoming you to the Bell Tower Inn, Ballarat.


Your Hosts



Andrew & Deb Cronin.