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  • Art Gallery of Ballarat

    www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au

    Art and architecture meet at Australia's oldest and largest regional art gallery

  • Ballarat Aviation Museum

    www.ballarataviationmuseum.com.au

    Discover a unique collection of aircraft, wartime relics and aviation equipment from the 1920s to today

  • Ballarat Bird World

    www.ballaratbirdworld.com.au

    See the colours of Australian bird life with over one kilometre of walkways, a free flight aviary and outdoor tree top deck area

  • Ballarat Botanical Gardens

    ballaratbotanicalgardens.com.au

    40 hectares of gardens, located on the western shore of Lake Wendouree, featuring marble statues, mature trees and colourful bedding displays

  • Ballarat Observatory & Museum

    observatory.ballarat.net

    The observatory is located at Mount Pleasant and was opened in 1886. Visitors can view a large collection of astronomical artifacts, books and equipment. Stunning 3D AstroTours of the universe are regularly screened.

  • Ballarat - Skipton Rail Trail

    www.ballaratskiptonrailtrail.com

    A 55 kilometre trail which goes through native grasslands, forest, farmland, historical gold mining sites and across a trestle bridge near Newtown

  • Ballarat Vintage Tramway

    www.btm.org.au

    An authentic tramway museum allowing visitors to view photographs, memorabilia and the museum's fleet of rolling stock. Also, take a tram journey along a 1.3 kilometre original track beside Lake Wendouree.

  • Ballarat Wildlife Park

    www.wildlifepark.com.au

    This wildlife park is dedicated to educating everyone on the beauty and fragility of Victoria's native species. Get up and close with koalas, kangaroos, emus, other native animals and exotic reptiles.

  • Canadian Regional Park

    parkweb.vic.gov.au

    A 641 hectare park located in eastern Ballarat, accessible from Mount Clear. There are old forest trails which can be explored on foot and several mountain bike tracks. The park has a rich selection of native fauna and flora including heath, colourful wildflowers, kangaroos, echidnas and many species of birds.

  • Creswick Regional Park

    parkweb.vic.gov.au

    This park features picnic areas, several lakes, walking tracks, mountain bike tracks and native flora and fauna

  • Enfield State Park

    parkweb.vic.gov.au

    Located south of Ballarat, this park is home to a large number of plant and animal species as well as many gold mining relics from last century. The park is particularly impressive during the spring when colourful and unusual wildflowers can be observed.

  • Goldfields Track

    www.goldfieldstrack.com.au

    The Goldfields Track covers a distance of 210 kilometres, taking in historic mining areas and a variety of natural features. It is divided into three smaller tracks and follows the top of the Great Dividing Range, connecting the cities of Ballarat and Bendigo. The 90 kilometre Wallaby Track starts at Mount Buninyong, passing through Ballarat, Creswick and Daylesford. The 60 kilometre Dry Diggings Track extends from Daylesford to Hepburn Springs and Castlemaine. The 60 kilometre Leanganook Track section links Castlemaine with Bendigo.

  • Gold Museum

    www.sovereignhill.com.au

    Situated at Sovereign Hill, the museum houses collections of gold nuggets, coins, ornaments and art. There is a gift shop specialising in the sale of gold nuggets, jewellery and fine giftware.

  • Her Majesty's Theatre

    www.hermaj.com

    Dating back to 1875, it is one of Australia's most historic theatres and is now a professionally equipped and staffed performing arts centre

  • Kryal Castle

    www.kryalcastle.com.au

    Experience the glory of bygone days at this Medieval castle with re-enactments, shows and displays

  • Mount Buninyong Scenic Reserve

    www.ballarat.vic.gov.au

    Mount Buninyong rises to a height of 745 metres and is located south-east of Ballarat near Buninyong. It is surrounded by a native bush reserve with a significant koala population. Visitors can either walk or drive to the summit where a viewing tower provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. There are several picnic areas and walking tracks of various steepness.

  • Museum of Australian Democracy

    www.made.org

    Museum commemorating the Eureka Rebellion in 1854 and the ideals and sacrifices of those who lived and worked on Ballarat's goldfields. The rebellion is regarded as the birth of Australian democracy and the museum provides an immersive experience that explores culture, history and democracy in the past, present and future.

  • Sovereign Hill

    www.sovereignhill.com.au

    History comes to life in this recreated gold township of the 1850s. There are regular demonstrations, street theatre performances, gold panning, mine tours and shopping experiences of the era. At night, enjoy the dramatic Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show.

  • Wendouree Centre For Performing Arts

    www.wcpa.com.au

    The centre showcases the cultural and artistic aspects of the region with a program of live theatre, acoustic concerts, comedy, ballet and stage shows