Ballarat Tourism

Ballarat /ˈbæləræt/ is a city located on the Yarrowee River and lower western plains of the Great Dividing Range in the state of Victoria, Australia, approximately 105 kilometres (65 mi) west-north-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the third most populous urban area in the state, with an estimated population of 99,841. It is the state's most populated inland settlement, and third most populated inland settlement in Australia. People from Ballarat are referred to as Ballaratians. The City of Ballarat local government area encompasses both the Greater Ballarat urban area and outlying towns, with an area of 740 square kilometres (290 sq mi), and has an urban area population of 93,501. Ballarat is its most populous urban centre, seat of local government and administrative centre. It was named by Scottish squatter Archibald Yuille who established the first settlement − his sheep run called Ballaarat − in 1837, with the name derived from a local Wathaurong Aboriginal word for the area, balla arat, thought to mean "resting place". The present spelling was officially adopted by the City of Ballarat in 1996. It is one of the most significant Victorian era boomtowns in Australia. Just months after Victoria was granted separation from New South Wales, the Victorian gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 18 August 1851, and news quickly spread of rich alluvial fields where gold could easily be extracted. Within months, approximately 20,000 migrants had rushed to the district. Several Australian mining innovations were made at the Ballarat diggings including the first use of a Chilean mill in 1851 and the first use of a mine cage in 1861. Unlike many other gold rush boom towns, the Ballarat fields experienced sustained high gold yields for decades. The Eureka Rebellion began in Ballarat, and the only armed rebellion in Australian history, the Battle of Eureka Stockade, took place on 3 December 1854. In response to the event the first male suffrage in Australia was instituted and as such Eureka is interpreted by some as the origin of democracy in Australia. The gold rush and boom gave birth to many other significant cultural legacies. The rebellion's symbol, the Eureka Flag has become a national symbol and is held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat. Other nationally significant heritage structures include the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, established 1857, the best example of a regional botanic gardens in Australia with the greatest concentration of public statuary including the official Prime Ministers Avenue; the longest running lyric theatre building, Her Majesty's, established 1875; the first municipal observatory, established 1886; and the earliest and longest memorial avenue, the Avenue of Honour, established between 1917 and 1919. Proclaimed a city in 1871, its prosperity continued until late in the 19th century, after which its importance relative to both Melbourne and Geelong rapidly faded with the slowing of gold extraction. It has endured as a major regional centre hosting the rowing and kayaking events from the 1956 Summer Olympics. It is the commercial capital of the Central Highlands and the largest city in the Goldfields region of Victoria—a significant tourist destination. Ballarat is known for its history, culture and its well-preserved Victorian era heritage.

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  • Save 7% Sovereign Hill General Entry Ticket
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    Duration: 2 Days

    Our daily program includes 18 scheduled activities, with something to interest everyone. Theres coach rides, gold panning, a ...

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  • Save 7% Wine, Cider and Local Produce Tour departing Ballarat
    Wine, Cider and Local Produce Tour departing BallaratNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Departing every Saturday and Sunday this fantastic small group tour will take you from Ballarat through the Macedon Ranges to...

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  • Kryal Castle Adventure Park Admission Ticket
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    Duration: Flexible

    Kryal castle is a fantasy-based medieval theme park and resort that provides a family-friendly day out in Ballarat. With admi...

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  • Know the pollution level of Ballarat before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 28.13 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 36.11 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30.56 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36.11 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 22.22 (Low)
  • How safe is Ballarat for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ballarat.

    • Burglary and Theft 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 43.18 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 38.64 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 60 (High)
    • Attacks 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 72.73 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 59.09 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 36.36 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 54.55 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 63.64 (High)
    • Safety Index 46.29 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 28.02 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 14.1 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 91.67 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ballarat

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.24 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 44.62 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 95.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 68.4 USD

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