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Discover Beautiful Ballarat

Ballarat was at the centre of the gold rush of the 1850’s – it was a city that saw people of all nationalities and backgrounds arrive with the common goal of striking it rich and making their fortune – on and off the goldfields. The birthplace of Australia’s democracy also took place near Ballarat with the Eureka Stockade in 1854.

The city’s rich heritage had its beginnings during those exciting times as miners, hoteliers, storekeepers, doctors and artists arrived – creating the strong foundations of what is now a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that is within an easy 90 minutes’ drive of Melbourne – attracting nature and outdoor lovers, foodies, those with an interest in the arts and gold rush enthusiasts will be able to fully immerse themselves in the culture of those historical times.

Ballarat is a city that has a long history of hosting national and international sporting events, including the 1956 Olympic rowing events which were held on the spectacular Lake Wendouree; has welcomed the National Road Cycling Championships, Australian Football and A-League Soccer matches, together with national and international level basketball games. In April 2022 it was announced that Ballarat would be one of four regional cities that will welcome the 2026 Commonwealth Games – being named as host city for the athletics, para-athletics, boxing and cricket T20.

After checking in to your accommodation, it’s time to start exploring our beautiful city – whether you’re travelling with the family or on a romantic weekend getaway – our beautiful city has so much to offer and an abundance of things to do.

Explore by foot or go for a long bike ride with a selection of walking trails and cycling tracks that take you throughout the city and its surrounds. The spectacular Lake Wendouree and the adjacent 150+ year old Ballarat Botanical Gardens – featuring 40 hectares of gardens, avenues, and art – are a must visit. Take yourself back in time when you visit the historical Sovereign Hill and pan for gold or hug a koala at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. With an abundance of cafes and restaurants that can be discovered as you stroll the city’s streets and laneways – local artisan producers, distilleries and winemakers are proudly showcased on menus and wine lists.

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