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    VISIT BALLARAT'S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTION - SOVEREIGN HILL: Photo - Sovereign Hill, courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    SOVEREIGN HILL IS AN EXCELLENT RE-CREATION OF LIFE IN BALLARAT IN THE 1850'S WHEN GOLD MINING WAS AT ITS PEAK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    SEE SOME AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE AT THE BALLARAT WILDLIFE AND REPTILE PARK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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Ballarat Highlights

  • Ballarat's top tourist attraction is Sovereign Hill, an excellent re-creation of the life in Ballarat in the 1850's. Here you can pan for real gold, go on a horse-drawn carriage, do a tour down into Red Hill Mine, visit the Gold Museum and much more.

  • Learn about how Australia almost went to civil war in the Eureka Stockade, at the Eureka Centre and Stockade Gardens or watch the Blood on the Southern Cross production, an excellent production telling the dramatic story of the Eureka Uprising.

  • Visit Ballarat Wildlife and Reptile Park, which houses a rich collection of Australian wildlife in 16 hectares of natural bushland.

  • Visit Ballarat Bird World, which has over 200 colourful parrots and cockatoos and a large free-flight aviary where you can walk amongst the birds.

  • Spend some time at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia's oldest and largest regional gallery, which has a range of exhibitions from cutting edge contemporary art to themed shows drawn from the gallery's extensive collection.

About Ballarat

Population 80,000

The area where present day Ballarat sits was originally settled around 1837. When gold was discovered in the area in 1851, thousands of diggers flooded the region. Today Ballarat is Victoria's largest inland city. Massive building works were undertaken in the gold mining heyday and many of the gracious old buildings have been maintained with a lot of them recognised for National Trust.
 


Even though the gold ran out, Ballarat maintained its position as a commercial centre and today the city's major tourist attraction is Sovereign Hill. This is a reconstructed gold town, which is built around a disused gold mine.

Ballarat also lays claim to the closest Australia has come to a civil war, when in 1854 an uprising over miners' rights turned into a blood bath between miners and the law. Known as the Eureka Rebellion, the history of the event is strongly ingrained in the cultural heritage of Ballarat.

Apart from gold, there is also a nice wildlife park, Ballarat Bird World, Australia's oldest and largest regional gallery and other attractions worth a visit.

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Ballarat Visitor Information Centre

43 Lydiard Street North
Ballarat, Victoria
Phone 1800 446 633
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