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  • BFounded on the wealth of the worlds largest alluvial gold mining deposits, Ballarat is a city rich in heritage and culture that looks confidently to the future. Located just over an hours drive northwest of Melbourne, Ballarat is Victorias largest inland city with a flourishing population estimated at over 100,000 people.

    Gold was first discovered in Ballarat in 1851. Within a year, 20,000 diggers had arrived from all over the world, most notably the United Kingdom, Europe and China. On December 3, 1854, Ballarat once again carved its name in Australian history with the Eureka Rebellion, Australias only civil uprising. It was a brief but bloody battle that saw miners take up arms against authorities in their fight for democracy and a fair go. The City is acknowledged as the birthplace of the Australian Spirit.

    Today, visitors are drawn to the region by this rich heritage, enhanced by grand architecture, spacious parks, beautiful gardens, culture, art and sumptuous eateries. Lydiard Street, Ballarat, is recognised as one of the countrys most intact Victorian streetscapes and is a much sought after location for film and television.

    Ballarat has successfully managed to balance the demands for progress while preserving its heritage. Ballarat is the touring hub for the Goldfields tourist region and is also a destination on the spectacular Great Southern Touring Route.

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    For more information on the Ballarat region, please visit www.visitballarat.com.au.

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    40 Lydiard St Nth Ballarat Victoria 03 5320 5858

    Ballarat is brimming with a rich heritage and culture, so take the time to explore this wonderful city.

    HER MAJESTYS THEATREHer Majestys Theatre, located at 17 Lydiard Street South, opened in 1875 and is one of the countrys most historic theatres. Performances throughout the year feature the best of nationally-touring professional and local amateur performances. Every year the Royal South Street Competitions, a Grand National Eisteddfod of Australasia, is held for three months in the theatre.

    ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT Join a tour at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, home to Australias largest and oldest regional public art collection. Housing significant collections of Australian art, the gallery includes a stunning array of works including pieces by members of the Heidelberg School. Situated on 40 Lydiard Street North, the gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm and general entry is free.

    BALLAARAT MECHANICS INSTITUTEThe Ballaarat Mechanics Institute is a veritable museum of vintage books, historic newspaper collections and modern publications. As well as viewing the eclectic range of publications, you can also discover the wonderful underground world of cinema.

    BALLARAT HERITAGE WALKING TOURSTake a walking tour along one of these heritage trails which offer an insight into the citys history and heritage: 1. Ballarats Historic Streetscapes 2. Ballarats Historic Statues and 3. Ballarat Revealed (accessed via a smartphone). For maps, please visit www.visitballarat.com.au or drop into the visitor information centre located on Lydiard Street North. For a guided walking tour of Ballarat, visit www.ballaratheritagetours.com.au or call 1300 961 153.

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    Enjoy the modern and classic masterpieces at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

    Visit the beautiful Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Prime Ministers Avenue, and stroll or cycle around picturesque Lake Wendouree.

    Visit Kryal Castle and enter a medieval adventure park.

    Take a Heritage Walking and Driving Tour and marvel at Ballarats elegant architecture.

    Meander up the beautiful and iconic Lydiard Street.

    Visit the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E).

    Strike it lucky at Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum.

    Discover the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial.

    Get up close and personal with Australian wildlife at the Ballarat Wildlife Park.

    Sample some local wines at regional wineries.

    GETTING AROUND

    Getting around Ballarat is simple as the city is well signposted and easy to navigate. Ballarats CBD, built around a well planned grid, is easy to navigate and offers ample parking if youre driving.

    Local bus services run from Sturt Street, the citys main thoroughfare, to most of Ballarats attractions.

    More information on bus routes and timetables is available from the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre, so please call 1800 446 633. Alternatively, visit www.cdcvictoria.com.au/timetables/ballarat.

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  • BExploreSovereign HillA visit to Ballarat wouldnt be complete without a visit to Sovereign Hill. Soak up the heritage of the region at this awe-inspiring attraction.Pan for gold, ride the Cobb & Co Coach and discover colonial buildings at the world famous Sovereign Hill. Replicating the 1850s Ballarat Goldfields, this open-air museum brings the Eureka story to life in the sound and light show Blood on the Southern Cross.

    Likewise, the multi-sensory experience of Trapped! tells the powerful story of the 1882 disaster in the New Australasian No.2 Mine at Creswick.

    Sovereign Hill is an experience not to be missed. Located on Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, this wonderful attraction is open daily from 10am to 5pm except for Christmas Day. Hours are extended to 5.30pm during daylight savings.

    For more information, contact the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre on 1800 446 633 or visit www.visitballarat.com.au.

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    Ballarat is steeped in a rich gold history and offers a wealth of attractions for all to enjoy.

    MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY AT EUREKA (M.A.D.E)Located on the historic site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade and with the iconic Eureka Flag as its centrepiece, this award winning attraction appeals to all ages. M.A.D.E uses innovative digital immersion and physical artefacts to engage visitors to explore the evolution and future of democracy. In addition to the permanent displays, M.A.D.E offers a diverse temporary exhibition program and exciting calendar of events. For visitors seeking refreshments, Saltbush Kitchen onsite offers a quality menu sourced from fresh, local produce. For more information on M.A.D.E, please visit www.made.org.

    GOLD MUSEUMFor further insights into the impact of the gold rushes, check out the feature exhibition Ballarat: Inspired by Gold at the Gold Museum located on Bradshaw Street, Golden Point. Discover the beauty and power of gold as you view an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and coins. The museum also offers an award winning gift shop featuring gold nuggets, jewellery and fine giftware. The museum is open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm except for Christmas Day. Hours are extended to 6pm during daylight savings.

    KRYAL CASTLEAt Kryal Castle, step into a Medieval world of high energy jousting shows, re-enactments, cultural shows, Medieval feasts and Murder Mystery Nights. Situated at 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek, this is a Medieval adventure for the whole family.

    BALLARAT WILDLIFE PARK Get up close and personal to many indigenous animals including koalas, wombats, kangaroos, emus, brolgas,

    Tasmanian devils, snakes and crocodiles at the award winning Ballarat Wildlife Park. Situated at 250 Fussell Street, Ballarat East, the park is open daily from 9am to 5.30pm except for Christmas Day. Guided tours commence at 11am.

    GARDENSThe Ballarat Botanical Gardens, nestled amongst a sprawling 40 hectares, boasts a variety of f lora and is noted for being one of the oldest gardens in Australia. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens or peruse the Adam Lindsday Gordon Cottage for beautiful jewellry and ceramics. The gardens plays host to the Ballarat Begonia Festival on Labour Day weekend every year.

    LAKESLocated near the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Lake Wendouree is a Mecca for holiday activities. Visitors can enjoy aqua