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The original owners of country here, the Indigenous Koorie people , named Ballarat the "resting place." Located North West of Melbourne in the lower plains of the Great Dividing Range, a Ballarat holiday package will allow you to unwind while you immerse yourself in the living history of the Victorian gold rush era. Cycleways and a pedestrian culture encourage visitors to get outdoors and experience the galleries, museums and restaurants that crowd the streets of historic Ballarat. Wander down Sturt Street, an original boulevard now teeming with cafes and antique shops, or head to Lydiard St for more impressive architecture built in the heady boom times of Ballarat's gold rush .
Experience the life in Ballarat in the late 1800s at the Sovereign Hill historical park, a sprawling open air Museum that allows visitors to spend a day in the life of an early prospector during their Ballarat vacation. In recreating the streetscape, the park has staffed buildings with costumed actors going about 'daily chores', often using original equipment retained from the rush. Check out the blacksmith and Chinese joss shop on the main street.
Discover early colonial life style; send kids to school for a day - 1850's fashion; pan for gold In the nearby creek then see the pouring of over $100,000 worth of the precious metal hot from the kiln.
Standing as a testament to the lives of its gold prospecting owners, Montrose cottage is worth a look as it has been preserved in its original form. Head to Golden Point to see one of the town's original suburbs, and from the Observation Lookout view the vista of the entire Ballarat skyline.
Spend a day in the shade of the Ballarat Botanical gardens. Established in 1858, swans wander amongst the parks 40 hectares, containing rose gardens and a conservatory. The cottage of maverick poet Adam Lindsay Gordon can be discovered on a tram ride around the grounds.
Walk alongside famous heads of the nation on the Prime Minister's avenue, a collection of busts of previous leaders. The avenue of honour pays homage to those who served Australia in times of war, and ends with the dramatic Victory Arch.
Take the kids on holiday to Ballarat Wildlife and Reptile Park, where visitors can see a koala and wombat show while King Island wallabies hop around the lawn. Don't miss photographing the crocodile's jaws at feeding time! With an indoor playhouse and outdoor gardens, several swimming pools and a centre with a water slide and mini golf, Ballarat package holidays cater well for family vacations.
The Camp St arts precinct is presided over by the University of Ballarat, and students hop between restaurants, cinemas, restaurants, wine bars, breweries and nightclubs, galleries and amateur theatres. The Alfred Deakin public space has been created as a new focal point for visits to Ballarat , while there are a number of notable museums and galleries to visit nearby.
The Ballarat Aviation Museum holds a collection of vintage aircraft, and can arrange scenic flights. Learn more about the historic Eureka Rebellion from the displays at the Ballarat Gold Museum.
The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery holds the flag from the Eureka Stockade, the only armed civil uprising in Australia's history. The 'Blood on the Southern Cross' production shows nightly, illuminating the details of the event. Ride on a 90 year old coach at the Ballarat Tramway Museum, or catch a performance at Her Majesty's Theatre.
View the world from the unique perspective of painter James Egan at his gallery, and comprehend early Australia with the help of colonial images drawn from the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. Gain an insight into regional artists work at Gallery on Sturt.
Talbot's gourmet markets offer handmade cheese, smoked meats and local honey. There is also a row of stalls around Lake Wendouree, and fresh farmers produce at Buninyong. Boutique establishments specialising in cold climate wines include Mount Beckworth and Coghill, while the Quoin Hill vineyard represents the Pyrenees wine region just outside of Ballarat. Enjoy regionally inspired meals here to complement wine tastings; sure to be a highlight of a romantic Ballarat vacation spent in the regional centre.
Foodie visitors to Ballarat can enjoy local Thai, Indian and Italian eateries, while the North Brighton corner pub provides traditional English food. Choose waterfront dining at Sails on the Lake, or a stylish drop at the Portico wine bar and restaurant for a special meal during your vacation. Pipers by the Lake is great for coffee, and the Ferguson Plarre bake house serves up fresh pastries. Many restaurants sample regional produce, while the Phoenix Brewery Restaurant offers Spanish tapas on a bluestone cellar bar.
Ballarat provides an ideal base to explore the surrounding historic Victorian Goldfields towns. Encompassing 33 heritage sites, the route will deliver travellers to the indulgent spas of Daylesford, the gardens of Castlemaine, the legendary antique stores of Maldon and the historical buildings of Clumes.
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