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Ballarat 3350, VIC


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Population: 96,097(June 2010 SD) (19th)
Density: 1220/km  (3,159.8/sq mi)
Established: 1838
Postcode: 3350
Elevation: 435 m (1,427 ft)  AHD
Area: 740 km (285.7 sq mi)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
AEST (UTC+10) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location:
  • 110 km (68 mi) NW of Melbourne
  • 82 km (51 mi) NW of Geelong
  • 95 km (59 mi) SE of Bendigo
  • Local Government Area: City of Ballarat
    State District: Ballarat East, Ballarat West
    Federal Division: Ballarat
    Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    17.3 °C 7.0 °C 695.3 mm

    Ballarat is a city in the state of Victoria, Australia, approximately 105 kilometres west-north-west of the state capital Melbourne situated on the lower plains of the Great Dividing Range and the Yarrowee River catchment. It is the largest inland centre and third most populous city in the state and the fifth most populated inland city in Australia. The estimated urban area population is 96,000. It is the administrative centre for the City of Ballarat, which encompasses both the urban area and outlying towns spanning an area of 740 square kilometres. Inhabitants of Ballarat are known as Ballaratians.

    It was named by Scottish settler Archibald Yuille who established the sheep run called Ballaarat in 1837 with the name derived from local Wathaurong Aboriginal words for the area, balla arat, thought to mean "resting place". The present spelling was officially adopted in 1996.

    Ballarat is one of the most significant Victorian era boomtowns in Australia. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 18 August 1851, and the district was found to be a rich alluvial field where gold could easily be extracted. News of the finds intensified the Victorian gold rush bringing over 10,000 migrants to the city from around the world within a year and transforming it from a station to a major settlement in the newly proclaimed Colony of Victoria. Australia's first gold stamp mill was established at Ballarat in 1854.

    It was the site of the Eureka Rebellion, the only armed civil uprising in Australian history, which took place on 3 December 1854 at the Eureka Mining Lead, and the event is controversially identified with the birth of democracy in Australia. Many significant Australian cultural icons are also a legacy of Ballarat's gold rush boom. The rebellion's symbol, the Eureka Flag has become a national symbol and is held at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Australia's oldest and largest regional gallery. Other nationally significant heritage structures include the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, established 1857, the best example of a regional botanic gardens in Australia with the greatest concentration of public statuary including the official Prime Ministers Avenue; the longest running lyric theatre building, Her Majesty's, established 1875; the first municipal observatory, established 1886; and the earliest and longest memorial avenue, the Avenue of Honour, established between 1917 and 1919.

    Proclaimed a city in 1871, its prosperity continued until late in the 19th century, after which its importance relative to both Melbourne and Geelong rapidly faded with the slowing of gold extraction. It has endured as a major regional centre hosting the rowing and kayaking events from the 1956 Summer Olympics. It is the commercial capital of the Central Highlands and the largest city in the Goldfields region of Victoria ? a significant tourist destination. Ballarat is known for its history, culture and its well preserved Victorian era heritage.

    Kryal Castle Adventure Park Admission Ticket more_vert
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    Kryal Castle is a fantasy-based medieval theme park and resort that provides a family-friendly day out in Ballarat. With admission, you'll discover myths, magic, and legends; be entertained by live jousting; watch a show; visit the Torture Museum; experience the Dragon's Labyrinth; try archery and sword play; and more.

    Visit: Kryal Castle

    When you arrive at Kryal Castle, "a land of medieval adventure," head inside with your pre-booked admission for an immersion into a fantasy world of wizards, dragons, and knights. Activities include jousting, arena and theater shows, torture and dungeon attractions, archery and swords, the Wizards Workshop, and the Ale House, where you can enjoy a drink (own expense).  

    Performances and activities are designed for the whole family, young and old.


    • $35.00
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    Sovereign Hill Goldfields and Museum, Ballarat, Victoria more_vert
    $927.78 AUD Book
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    Ballarat’s Goldrush Days at Sovereign Hill! Is an exciting experience definitely for the bucket list.

    Sovereign Hill is an outdoor interactive musuem re-creating from 1851 Ballarat’s first decade of GOLD discovery that attracted ten of thousands of international gold seekers to rich Ballarat goldfields, some finding huge gold fortune.

    Sovereign Hill is where you are go back to the times of Gold rush days, immerses in day to day gold fossicking activities where historically attired people goes about their daily activities, plus actually panning for real GOLD at Red Hill Gully Diggings that it’s yours for keep!

    - Real life spectacular $160,000 gold pour
    - venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour
    - Back in time horse-drawn coach and tour of the Sovereign Hill township
    - Shopping 1850s-style from old style merchandise shops
    - old styles hotels,
    - kids can enrol in old style schools classes complete with custom attire
    - entertain in  a theatre with goldfields entertainers
    - see steam-driven machinery in action
    - interact with real life tradespersons call wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners.
    - be entertain by performers in period attire on the streets and get great selfies.

    • $927.78
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    Sovereign Hill General Entry Ticket more_vert
    $40.00 AUD Book
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    Our daily program includes 18 scheduled activities, with something to interest everyone. There’s coach rides, gold panning, a spectacular gold pour, underground mine adventures, theatre shows, and sweet making and musket firing demonstrations to name a few. Our costumed staff and volunteers are happy to pose for photos and welcome you into their shops, factories and homes.

    Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.

    By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! It’s just like stepping back in time - from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep!

    At Sovereign Hill, you can see a spectacular $160,000 gold pour, venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town. Go shopping 1850s-style and visit hotels, schools and a theater with goldfields entertainers. See steam-driven machinery in action and chat with our wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners as they ply their trades. On our streets and in our theatre, you will be entertained by costumed goldfields characters who are happy to pose for a great photo.

    • $40.00
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    Wine, Cider and Local Produce Tour departing Ballarat more_vert
    $160.00 AUD Book
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    Departing every Saturday and Sunday this fantastic small group tour will take you from Ballarat through the Macedon Ranges to experience the food, wine and cider of this beautiful region.
    Your day includes tastings at three wineries, lunch and cider tasting, chocolate, coffee, local produce as well as taking in the landmarks along the way.

    Pick up and drop off from your centrally located accommodation in Ballarat, the tour is conducted in a small comfortable mini bus with fun commentary from your driver-guide. 

    Enjoy pick up from your central Ballarat accommodation between 8.45am - 9.30am in a small, comfortable mini bus.

    From here we start the day off in style by sampling the extensive range at St Annes Vineyard, for a tasting and check out this beautiful building.

    Then time for some refreshment at the Blackwood Merchant as we travel through the bush of Wombat State Forest where a tea or coffee is included.

    We pass Trentham Falls, stopping in for pictures (weather permitting!) on the way to another award winning winery for tastings of the cool climate wines. 

    A scenic drive takes us to Daylesford Cider Company for a delicious and wholesome lunch, their seasonal menu provides fresh and locally produced choices for everyone, with dietary requirements being gladly catered for - please advise any diet req. at time of booking!

    Once we have tasted their fabulous cider and admired the beautiful grounds we then head north of Daylesford for some mouthwatering and FairTrade chocolate treats. 

    After passing through the mineral springs region, with a stop to try the 'special waters' if you are feeling adventurous, we finish up at Captain's Creek Organic wines for a tasting and to hear about the organic wine making process inside the rustic cellar door. Plenty of local art and produce around to take in, or cosy up by the fire place in winter time!

    Drop off back to your accommodation in Ballarat or we can chauffeur you to your choice of restaurant in the city if you wish to keep the good times flowing.

    Cool box is provided on the bus for your goodies with your friendly guide providing commentary and tunes along the way, we assure you this will be a day out to remember! 

    • $160.00
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    Sovereign Hill Heritage Sheep Farm Experience and Ballarat Gold Rush Day Tour from Melbourne more_vert
    $300.00 AUD Book
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    Discover Sovereign Hill and one of Victoria's first sheep stations as you pay a visit to the regions first heritage sheep farm. Enjoy a sheering demonstration with morning tea before visiting Ballarat, known for the gold rush boom.

    Departing Melbourne, head west over the West Gate Bridge and into Victoria's sheep country paying a visit to the regions first Heritage Sheep Farm as you discover a long Australian story all to do with sheep. Here you'll discover the history behind the first settlement in the region in 1840 with a flock of sheep from Van Diemens Land (Tasmania). Over the next 40 years they bred an improved type of sheep - one that would suit the Otways environment better. By 1880, the sheep was perfected, and named Polwarth, after the County it came from. Come and experience a private tour of the farm, the heritage homestead, sheering shed (including demonstration), the wool shop and finish it all off with Devonshire Tea and a sit down with the farmer. An awesome experience for all ages.
    Before the wool boom was the Gold Rush! Ballarat is just over an hour out of Melbourne and is where you will explore the legacy of Victoria's gold rush. Visit Sovereign Hill and experience the euphoria of the Gold Rush times, set in the 1850's this gold mining settlement still brings back the sights, smells and feelings of the time. Pan for gold and tour a mine shaft under the mindful eye of an experienced miner. Take a horse-drawn coach and tour the historic township, visit the theater, hotels, schools, craft shops, the candle maker, the confectioner and check out the steam driven machinery. It is truly like taking a step back in time and is fun and interesting for all age groups.

    • $300.00
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