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Our Heritage Listed building was first constructed in 1901 by Dr. William Cussen, a surgeon.

His name is still visible in the leadlight above the front door.

In July 1920, the building was later gifted to the citizens of Ballarat for the ongoing welfare of returned servicemen and women.  Sir John Monash officially opened the building as the Ballarat War Memorial Building.

In 1942 a voluntary organisation called The Comforts Fund took up residence in the building with the permission of the R.S.L to transform it into a hostel, providing beds, food and support for many service men and women during World War II. It is estimated that by the end of the war in 1945, one million meals had been served. The building was returned to the R.S.L in the later part of 1945.

In 2013, 2 Lyons Street South was given new life as Ballarat Premier Apartments after extensive renovations and began operating as luxury accommodation.


Nestled in the heart of this historic gold mining town, our beautiful building holds a special place in the vibrant history of ballarat





10% discount when dining at sister venue Oscars Hotel, just a short stroll away

Free Wifi

All guests receive free WiFi 

Available in all rooms & throughout the property

Daily Housekeeping

Fully serviced rooms with daily housekeeping and cleaning services



Conveniently located in the heart of Ballarat, shops, parks and attractions are just a short walk away.

Free Onsite Parking


Limited on-site parking available to guests.

Conferences and Events

Intimate and stylish conference room, that can comfortably seat up to 12 delegates,



Sovereign Hill

Ballarat’s most renowned tourist site. The open-air museum recreates aspects of Ballarat’s past as it was in the city’s gold mining heydey of the 1850’s.

Blood on the Southern Cross (Sovereign Hill)

Located at Sovereign Hill this after dark light and sound spectacular is a must see experience.

Gold Museum
(Sovereign Hill)

Located at Sovereign Hill, the gold museum houses a glittering collection of nuggets, ornaments and coins.



Museum of Australian Democracy at the Eureka Centre. Home to the original Eureka Flag, discover the story of the Eureka Rebellion.

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

The oldest regional gallery in Australia, see Colonial and Goldfield's masterpieces, Heidelberg school paintings and many more fabulous works of art.

Ballarat Wildlife and Reptile Park

An interactive wildlife park situated in Ballarat


"Gorgeous suite with dramatic high ceilings, picturesque bay window, romantic fire place and very comfortable bed and linens. Fabulous stay and would happily stay again"

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