Ballarat is renowned for its cultural heritage and decorative arts. Combined with its history as an 1850’s gold rush town, this has created a rather picturesque urban landscape. As Australia’s third largest inland city, Ballarat has a population of just over 100,000 people making it both big enough that there is plenty to do, but also maintaining that country town feel. Ballarat is situated only 110km from Victoria’s capital, Melbourne and is easily accessible by train or car.
A lot of Ballarat is now heritage listed, so there is plenty of historical architecture and landmarks you will stumble across upon in your travels.. but don’t let the historic aspect of Ballarat fool you! With Melbourne’s famous food culture influencing Ballarat, you can find amazing food and coffee in a range of places, from delicious counter meals at the local pub, coffee and cake in a local cafe or fine dining at one of the many local restaurants.
Ballarat has something for everyone.. From the world famous Sovereign Hill, a recreated 1850’s gold mining settlement, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Lake Wendouree, or the Art Gallery of Ballarat which is the oldest and largest regional art gallery in Australia. There are also many local tracks perfect for those who like to get out and walk, ride or hike.