Ballarat, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia
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Great Southern Touring Route

Day 5: Ballarat to Melbourne
166 km/103 miles, about 2.5 hours

Spend the morning in Ballarat's heritage precinct and unearth the city's rich gold mining history and magnificent architecture on a self-guided heritage walk. The grand tree-lined streets are perfect for meandering, the heritage trails are dotted with elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens, statues and churches.

Dig deeper into the region's gold-mining history with a visit to open-air gold-rush museum Sovereign Hill. Try your luck panning for gold, brace yourself for an underground mine tour, and learn about rare 19th-century trades.

Back in the present day, fawn over native fauna at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Pat a koala, watch wombats wander up close and see crocodiles feeding – from a safe distance.  

Before you make your way back to Melbourne, treat yourself to a visit to Daylesford and the surrounding spa country. For food and pampering, it's nothing but heavenly.

Linger over a long lunch at the renowned Lake House, where local culinary hero Alla Wolf-Tasker's sensational seasonal menu and views across Lake Daylesford make for an unforgettable meal.

Enrich the last day of your trip with a short detour to nearby Hepburn Springs, named for its naturally occurring mineral springs. Taste the different mineral waters from old-fashioned pumps in the Hepburn Springs Mineral Springs Reserve, or soak it up – literally – with a pampering spa at Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. Fully rejuvenated, make the short drive back to Melbourne – and start planning your next trip!


Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill

Strike it rich with a day out in 1850s Ballarat and pan for gold, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and relive the Eureka Rebellion with sound and light.

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Stuart Feeding super croc Crunch

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Ballarat Wildlife Park is an award winning Park that is owned and operated by Greg Parker and his family. Founded in February 1985 through a passion...

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Did you know?

The Welcome Stranger, the world's largest gold nugget found in the Goldfields, weighed 69 kilograms.


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