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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.
The Goldfields boasts a rich calendar of festivals and events. Enjoy fine music, Chinese heritage, and sporting events throughout the region.
Victoria's largest inland city, Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events and food and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop.
Spend an afternoon shopping for locally designed clothing, jewellery and accessories, or discover the region's well-known art and collectables.
Learn about the discovery of gold in the region in the 1850s, as well as the story of Australia's struggle to become a nation.