Ballarat is a city in Victoria, Australia. It's known for Sovereign Hill, a replica gold rush town with 1850s streets, shops and mines. The Gold Museum further illuminates the town's mining history through gold nuggets and artefacts. The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka features interactive digital displays. Australian works from the colonial era to the present are shown at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Ballarat Wildlife Park is home to native animals such as koalas, wombats and kangaroos. South of town, Ballarat Bird World features rare parrots and a walk-through aviary. Near the city centre, a walking and cycling track hugs the shores of man-made Lake Wendouree. Beside the lake are the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, where dahlias and roses grow alongside Australian plants. The long-standing Ballarat Observatory includes vintage and modern telescopes, plus a 3D theatre. Boutique wineries and mist-covered vineyards make up the Ballarat wine region.
With its renowned wineries and exciting restaurant scene, Ballarat is an established foodie destination. Recharge and refuel after a day's walking at one of the town's popular eateries, breweries or cafes. The Provincial Hotel's beautiful dining room Lola is a standout for seasonal, locally sourced dishes and a great wine list. Sip local drops at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar, sample craft beer at Hop Temple or book a table at award winning Underbar.
Explore the legacy of the gold rush, still evident in the magnificent architecture and tree-lined streets of the town today. Admire the city's Victorian and Edwardian buildings, parks, gardens and statues on a self-guided heritage walk.
Enjoy the fantastic collection of Australian art at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia's oldest and largest regional gallery. Catch a show at Her Majesty's Theatre, originally opened in 1875, and wander through specialty shops stocked with boutique clothing, books, homewares and crafts. Meet native wildlife on a leisurely stroll in a natural bush settling at Ballarat Wildlife Park.
• Sovereign Hill
• Ballarat Park
• Kryal Castle
• Art Gallery of Ballarat
• Ballarat Botanical Gardens
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