Location Ballarat, Victoria, 3350
Ballarat is Victorias largest inland city and is famous as the site of the worlds largest deposit of alluvial gold. The legacy of the gold rush is still evident in the majestic architecture and wide tree-lined streets of the town today. Admire the city's Victorian and Edwardian architecture, parks, gardens, statues, and churches by following the visitor information centre's self-guided heritage walks.
Pan for gold and watch the hustle and bustle of an 1850s gold mining settlement at Sovereign Hill. The 35 acre site includes shops, hotels, schools, a theatre, crafts, steam-driven machinery and two underground mines. Don't miss the dramatic Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show, telling the story of the Eureka Rebellion.
Admire the magnificent collection of Australian art and the original Eureka flag at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia's oldest and largest regional gallery. Catch a show at Her Majesty's Theatre with originally opened in 1875.
THINGS TO DO :
Sovereign Hill ~ Pan for gold, ride in a horsedrawn carriage, or go underground into a mine at Sovereign Hill.
Eureka Stockade ~ Visit the site of the Eureka Rebellion known as the birthplace of Australian democracy.
Art Gallery of Ballarat ~ Visit Australia's largest regional gallery, and view the comprehensive collection of Australian art.
Her Majesty's Theatre ~ Take in a performance at Her Majesty's Theatre, Australia's oldest purpose-built theatre.
Ballarat Heritage Walking Trails ~ Walk through the heart of historic Ballarat to uncover the city's legacy of gold.
Ballarat Wildlife Park ~ Get close to Australian native animals in their natural surroundings.
Ballarat wine region ~ Stop in at cellar doors featuring the region's signature cool climate chardonnay and pinot noir.
MAJOR EVENTS :
Ballarat Begonia Festival - March
Royal South Street Competitions August - November
Eureka Week - December
Directions: Ballarat is 110 kilometres west of Melbourne, just over an hour by car via the Western Highway. Daily rail and coach services are available from Melbourne.