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Victoria's largest inland city, Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events and food and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop.

Golden dreams

Explore the legacy of the gold rush, still evident in the magnificent architecture and tree-lined streets of the town today. Admire the city's Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens and statues by following one of the visitor information centre's self-guided heritage walks.

Blood on the tracks

Pan for gold and watch the hustle and bustle of an 1850s gold mining settlement at Sovereign Hill. Don't miss the dramatic Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show, recreating the story of the Eureka Rebellion.

Out and about

Spend a day enjoying the fantastic collection of Australian art at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia's oldest and largest regional gallery. Catch a show at Her Majesty's Theatre, originally opened in 1875, and wander through specialty shops stocking everything from boutique clothing and books to homewares, crafts and homemade supplies.

Recharge and refuel after a day on the trail at one of Ballarat's popular eateries, pubs or cafes. For that special holiday celebration, book a table at Catfish and sample the renowned contemporary Thai cuisine – given the tick of approval by The Age Good Food Guide.

Free WiFi

Get free WiFi at Queen Victoria Square, opposite the Ballarat Town Hall, on Sturt Street.

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Parks & gardens

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Located on the shore of picturesque Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens is one of Australia's most significant cool climate gardens.

Lakes & waterways

Lake Wendouree

Join visitors and locals alike for lakeside activities and water sports at this ever-popular recreational spot. Arrive there by historic tram!

Wildlife, zoos & farms

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...


Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat

Delve into the stories of the Eureka Stockade, its impact on democracy and freedom in Australia and around the world, in an award-winning museum.

Performing arts

Her Majesty's Theatre Ballarat

Soak up old-world elegance in this beautifully renovated grand 1875 theatre, with top-notch drama, dance and music performances throughout the year.

Food & wine

Ballarat wine region

Ballarat's cool climate is ideally suited to producing top quality sparkling, chardonnay and pinot noir.


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