Begonia Festival 2013




Welcome to the
Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat
澳中文化社团 - 巴拉瑞特

society launch waking lions

The Society was formed in October 2008 in recognition of the changing needs of the Chinese community in Ballarat. In that time the Society has quickly developed strong relationships with the City of Ballarat, Sovereign Hill and Mt Clear College.

There are over 200 members in the Society with 85% being either Chinese or of Chinese descent with the remainder being Australian. Several are fourth-generation descendants of Chinese migrants to Ballarat in the 1800s while many have only recently come to Ballarat from overseas.

President Michelle Philips is the first non-Chinese president of the association and is also the first female president. Michelle firmly believes that the society is blessed with both its friends and supporters as we all work towards bridging the cultural gap.

At last count, members come from eight different countries and speak at least 12 different languages. The Society conducts weekly Chinese language lessons and strongly supports the Mt Clear Confucius Classroom. Training is also available in Tai Chi, Chinese folk dancing and Chinese Lion dancing.

Chinese New Year 2018 二零一八中国农历新年   

Hopefully, all our members and friends enjoyed a peaceful break with friends and family for Christmas and the Aussie New Year.  


February 16th marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog. This year also sees us celebrate our 10th anniversary in October so get ready for some serious celebrating. 




Golden Crown Restaurant 


101/105 Main Rd, Ballarat East 

Monday, February 19th 

Commencing 6:30pm 

Come along for a great evening of food, entertainment and good company to welcome the Year of the Dog 


Book a table or come on your own and make new friends 


Adults $45 Children $30 成人45澳币,儿童30澳币 

Bookings essential Contact Alisa Ma 0401 394 080 or Michelle Philips 0421 608 783 



Sunday, February 18th the Society will begin our regular annual events starting with the community celebrations at Sovereign Hill along with Chinese themed activities, a street parade featuring our Lions and Dragon and performances by our Happy Birds dancers.  


After the celebration at the Joss House, there is an opportunity to get together at the kiosk. Please bring some food along to share on the day that can be eaten with your fingers. The Society will arrange for a whole roast pig as usual, a delicious highlight of Chinese New Year. 


All paid members of the Society will be admitted free of charge to Sovereign Hill on this day provided you show your current membership card to entry staff. Cards have been posted but may take a week to arrive in your letterbox so keep an eye out and don’t lose your card when it arrives.  



Friends and family are welcome to attend but will be required to pay ½ price entry fee. This is very good value. Of course, being a member is even better. 


Sovereign Hill Chinese New Year Celebration Program and Events


This exhibition is a major Australian exhibition exploring stories of early Chinese Australians. Read and observe how, with organisation and sophistication, an incredible spirit of determination along with an ability to integrate into Western society, pioneering Chinese not only survived but actually came to prosper. See how Chinese brought their skills (growing vegetables, business enterprises to mention but a few) to a colony, how their culture enhanced our "young" country and see for yourselves the indignations and racial bias that they had to endure.


Click below to go to the M.A.D.E. site (Museum of Australian Democracy) that is hosting this exhibition.

M.A.D.E. Chinese Fortunes

YEAR OF THE ROOSTER - Celebrations at Sovereign Hill

The Lion Team prepare at the Joss House
[February 2017]

The Joss House Celebration
[February 2017]


The Joss House Celebration
[February 2017]

The Joss House Celebration
[February 2017]



The Dragon, Xin Loong,
particpates in the parade
[February 2017]

One of the Lions greets bystanders
during the parade
[February 2017]



CACSB dancing group (The Happy Birds)
parade in alternative traditional dress
[February 2017]

Xin Loong proved to be VERY popular
with both children and adults
[February 2017]