Victoria's largest inland city, Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events and food and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop.
With its renowned wineries and burgeoning restaurant scene, Ballarat is fast emerging as a regional foodie destination. Recharge and refuel after a day on the trail at one of the town's popular eateries, pubs or cafes. And for that special holiday celebration, sip local varietals at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar or book a table at Catfish, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.
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.
Get free WiFi at Queen Victoria Square, opposite the Ballarat Town Hall, on Sturt Street.