Ballarat (2 days)
Rich in Goldfields history, a rewarding couple of days in Ballarat (Victoria's largest inland city) could very well begin with The Gold Museum featuring the history and events of the 1850 and 1860 Goldrushes and how they changed Australia. Then, as one of Victoria's most popular tourist attractions, walk over to follow up with a visit to Sovereign Hill where all the family can experience an authentic re-creation of life in the 1850's Goldrush with everything from historically accurate schools and stores to the opportunity to pan for gold or travel underground into the Red Hill Mine.
IMAGE: Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Victoria
Photo: Peter Dunphy, Courtesy of Tourism Victoria
To further the experience the Eureka Stockade Gardens provides opportunity to unwind and reflect at the monument to Australia's only armed rebellion and arguably one of the big steps taken towards democracy in Australia. A follow-up visit to the Eureka Centre with its multi-media presentations then provides an immersive retelling of the events in a series of galleries.
Also well worth noting however are the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery (Victoria's oldest and largest regional gallery), the Ballarat Wildlife Park and the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Lake Wendouree.
In the surrounding region the nearby town of Daylesford provides a relaxing change of pace with it's natural hot springs and numerous day spas ready to pamper you.
These are some of the great destinations to see while exploring Ballarat. Be sure to add them to your list of places to visit.
- Ballarat Botanical Gardens
- Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
- Ballarat Wildlife Park
- Daylesford spas
- Daylesford hot springs
- Eureka Centre
- Eureka Stockade Gardens
- Gold Museum
- Lake Wendouree
- Red Hill Mine
- Sovereign Hill