The jewel in the crown of the Goldfields region, a visit to Ballarat, with its remarkable Victorian architecture and open-air museum Sovereign Hill, feels like stepping back in time over 150 years to the incredible upheaval of gold rush fever.

Established in 1838 on the shores of Lake Wendouree, the city’s name is derived from the indigenous words for resting place.

Originally a humble sheep station, Ballarat’s fortunes were transformed just over a decade later with the discovery of gold. Acacia will introduce you to the gripping true tales of triumph and tragedy that followed. This rich history comes to life at Sovereign Hill, an outdoor museum that replicates 1850’s life, complete with costumed characters depicting gold diggers and blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and candlestick makers.

Admire magnificent architecture funded by the great wealth drawn from the dirt while wandering Ballarat’s wide streets then enjoy lunch at the historic Craig’s Royal Hotel. Consider a visit to Ballarat Wildlife Park for personal encounters with koalas and kangaroos or climb the peak of Black Hill Lookout to survey all the city has to offer from on high.

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Sovereign Hill entry Ballarat Wildlife Park entry Morning tea 2-course lunch with beverages at Craig's Royal Hotel Professional driver guide Private luxury vehicle

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