A city steeped in history
First settled in 1838 and just 75 minutes west of Melbourne, Ballarat is steeped in history and rich in culture. Architecture buffs will relish the city's incredible line up of Free Classical style buildings, including Her Majesty's Theatre, the Former Mining Exchange and the Buninyong Town Hall and Court House. Of course, a visit to Sovereign Hill can't be missed - where visitors can pan for gold and relive the excitement of the 1850s Gold Rush. Between Ballarat's Wildlife Park, the stunning Botanical Gardens and a trip to the Tramway Museum, you'll be set for a full itinerary when you visit this incredible city.