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It was only a one-day visit to Ballarat to see Sovereign Hill. However, I was so impressed by the town that the next time I will visit this place I stay here instead of the busy centre of Melbourne. Therefore, I will try to give you the information I have about Ballarat and most pictures are mine, but where it was not possible, I paste some from a brochure or postcards.
Ballarat has a fascinating and turbulent history, which has left the precious legacy of a city rich in heritage and culture. Gold was first discovered in Ballarat in 1851, with the second largest gold nugget ever found in Australia, the Welcome Nugget, discovered in 1858. Within a year, 20,000 miners had arrived from all over the world. In the early morning of December 3, 1854 another important piece of history centred on Ballarat. A brief yet bloody battle took place between protesting miners and Government soldiers. The Eureka Stockade Centre is believed to be on the site of this uprising. Today, you can loose yourself in the sense of history - from the streetscapes and architecture to Ballarat's award winning attraction, Sovereign Hill. The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery proudly displays the original Eureka flag and along with Montrose Historic Cottage, provides fascinating insights into life in the 1850s. Lydiard Street and Sturt Street are renowned for their Victorian splendour: Craig's Royal Hotel, the Mining Exchange and Her Majesty's Theatre are just some of the buildings you must visit. And in Eureka Street, the typical wooden miner's cottages have their own special charm. Wide tree lined avenues, spacious parks, the picturesque Lake Wendoure Botanical Gardens and world renowned Begonia Festival, are just some of the places and events the whole family will want to experience.
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