Take a trip to Ballarat in Victoria's Goldfields and discover rich history, heritage and a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Ballarat is Victoria's largest inland city and is famous as the site of the world's largest deposit of alluvial gold. The legacy of the gold rush is evident in the city's architecture and wide tree-lined streets. Admire the city's Victorian and Edwardian architecture, parks, gardens, statues and churches by following the visitor information centre's self-guided heritage walking trails.
Wander through the Ballarat Botanical Gardens on the western side of Lake Wendouree, the oldest inland botanic gardens in regional Victoria. The Ballarat Begonia Festival is held in the gardens each March.
Take the family to meet koalas and kangaroos at the Ballarat Wildlife Park and walk or cycle along the regional tracks and trails. Tempt your tastebuds with food and wine at laid-back cafés, fine restaurants, country pubs, and wineries.
Ballarat is 110 kilometres west of Melbourne, just over an hour by car via the Western Highway. Campstay lists many holiday parks in and around Ballarat.