Lydiard Street, Ballarat, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia
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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.

Things to do

Nigel Milsom, Judo house pt 6 (the white bird), (detail). Oil on linen, 232 x 190 cm

Archibald Prize 2015

2 Oct - 15 Nov 2015

The Archibald Prize is an extraordinary art event, bringing together images of some of the country's leading celebrities, as seen by Australia's...

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Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

Lake Wendouree

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

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Captains Creek, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

Ballarat wine region

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

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The original Flag of the Southern Cross (the Eureka Flag) from 1854, on display in a purpose built gallery

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

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.

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Ballarat Botanic 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.

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Kryal Castle - Adventure Park & Resort

Kryal Castle, Australia's only medieval adventure park and resort, has reopened its doors and is now welcoming visitors.

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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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Her Majesty's Theatre

Her Majesty's Theatre

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

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Free WiFi

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

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