Ballarat is just over a hundred kilometres north west of Melbourne, and is the heart of country Victoria. Rich in history, Ballarat is famous for it’s part in the Australian gold rush, a trait that locals are still proud of today.

As well as being a prominent Australian town, Ballarat is a booming tourist centre, with many coming from all over Victoria, and indeed the country, to spend a week or two. The town’s relaxed feel, as well as it’s close proximity to Melbourne and Geelong makes it the perfect country side retreat. Here are some of the must do things in Ballarat.

Sovereign Hill 

Sovereign Hill is probably Ballarat’s most popular tourist destination. A little town set up as though stuck in the days of the gold rush, it is fun for all ages. It is essentially an open-air museum, home to over 60 buildings designed in accurate 1850s style. They are complete with hundreds of personnel, dressed in the period’s attire, all willing to help out and entertain visitors with tales of days old.

The kids will have a field day, with a chance to dig for gold themselves, just like the minors would have done. There is also a lights show entitled “Blood on the Southern Cross” depicting life during the Eureka Stockade to top off the experience.

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Ballarat isn’t all living in the golden age, though. It’s also home to some of Australia’s most beautiful flora and fauna, all of which is on exhibit at the Wildlife Park.

With over 80 kangaroos roaming free around the park, you have the opportunity to take a stroll and encounter the wildlife in their habitats. With everything from koalas, wombats and a variety of reptiles, there is plenty of things to be looking for.

Spend a day here with the family – have a picnic at the lovely outdoor tables and chairs, or at the fully licensed café.

Ballarat is a great little town to just kick back and relax.

About Sam Oldfield

Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, I was a keen surfer and beach junkie from early on. My first overseas trip was to the Caribbean, and I've been chasing the summer sun ever since. I wrapped up my media degree at uni, and decided to move to Australia. The land downunder is full of beaches, babes and brilliant adventures. I'm just hitch-hiking my way around this sunny paradise, one travel blog at a time.
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