"Ballarat (Goldfields)" State of Victoria Things to Do Tip by leffe3

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Victoria's 3rd city and Aboriginal for 'resting place'. First settled by Europeans in 1837, the discovery of gold a few kms south in 1851 meant a small population went out of control, and the pastoral lands of the early settlers were soon replaced by diggings and vast areas of shanty town dwellings. But by accounting for 28% of all gold found in Victoria by the end of WW1, the shanty towns were also equally quickly replaced by the 'grand-dames' of late 19th century buildings, many of which line the main central town today.

To be honest, Ballarat leaves me cold. With the exception of the superb Regional Art Gallery and one of Victoria's star tourist attractions, Sovereign Hill, there's little for me to recommend about the town (although Sovereign Hill makes it a totally worthwhile visit).

Ballarat is approximately 130kms west of Melbourne with trains and a regular bus service linking it with the main city. Ballarat is the gateway to touring the Goldfields of Victoria.

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2006
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