Victoria’s third largest city, Ballarat is located a short 75-minute drive from Melbourne and has earned its place as one of the state’s most popular cultural destinations. The regional city is a historical gem with a rich, ‘golden’ heritage.


When the Victoria Gold Rush began in 1851, news quickly spread that the Ballarat region was home to one of the most prosperous goldfields. It wasn’t long before fortune seekers from across the globe ventured to the city in the search for gold. Today, Ballarat continues to celebrate this history and one of the city’s most popular attractions, Sovereign Hill, offers an immersive experience where you can journey back in time and even try your luck at panning for gold.


Other local family-friendly Ballarat attractions include Kryal Castle – a mystical adventure land, Ballarat Wildlife Park and Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Food also takes pride of place in Ballarat, with the town commonly crowned the culinary capital of regional Victoria. Eat your way through the streets as you discover the many cafes and restaurants that Ballarat serves up and the delicious regional produce that is heroed on each plate. Take a famous Ballarat walking tour to burn off the calories!


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