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The Ballarat Begonia Festival is one of Victoria's largest and most popular regional events. Held over the Labour Day long-weekend in March within the picturesque Ballarat Botanical Gardens, this award-winning festival (2014 Best Regional Event in Victoria and 2014 Australia’s Favourite Event) celebrates the brilliant begonia, along with all things gardening, outdoor-living and family fun. Be sure to visit from 10 to 12 March 2018, and enjoy a wide range of activities and entertainment; with something for everyone - stunning floral displays, garden activities and markets, heaps of fun for kids, live music and entertainment, plus delicious food, beer and wine.Do not miss the fantastic community parade on Monday 12 March.
Spend an afternoon shopping for locally designed clothing, jewellery and accessories, or discover the region's well-known art and collectables.
Get close to Australian native animals in their natural surroundings at national parks, sanctuaries and Ballarat Wildlife Park.
The Goldfields region boasts exquisite parks and gardens, including the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Castlemaine's magnificent period gardens.
The Goldfields boasts a rich calendar of festivals and events. Enjoy fine music, Chinese heritage, and sporting events throughout the region.