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#1 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Art Museums
Instituted in 1884, this became the first provincial Art Gallery established in Australia.
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#2 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Owner description: Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in... more » Owner description: Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851. By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! It’s just like stepping back in time - from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep! « less
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#3 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Lake Wendouree, part of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, is an artifically created and maintained shallow urban lake.
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#4 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Gardens
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#5 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Regional wildlife tourism park.
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#6 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Theaters
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#7 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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#8 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
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#9 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Performances
Owner description: ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ is an explosive multi-million dollar sound-and-light show like nothing you’ve ever seen... more » Owner description: ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ is an explosive multi-million dollar sound-and-light show like nothing you’ve ever seen before!The story of the Eureka Rebellion, a dramatic battle between gold miners and Government forces at Ballarat on 3 December, 1854, is retold nightly by ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, Sovereign Hill’s acclaimed sound-and-light spectacular.Set under the night skies at Sovereign Hill, ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ involves no actors – just voices, dazzling sound-and-light effects and a stunning open-air set. Visitors travel across the site on a comfortable transporter and view much of the action from the re-created Free Trade Hotel on the Eureka Diggings.To make the most of your ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ experience, enjoy a two-course, pre-show dinner which includes beer, wine and soft drink served at your table. Then stay overnight at Sovereign Hill!Ask about our special package deals which include day entry to Sovereign Hill, dinner, show and on-site accommodation at Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. « less
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#10 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
#11 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites
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#12 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: The Ballarat Tramway Museum is staffed by volunteer members who are dedicated to the task of preserving and operating part of... more » Owner description: The Ballarat Tramway Museum is staffed by volunteer members who are dedicated to the task of preserving and operating part of the former Ballarat street tramways. Trams operates between 12:30 and 5:00pm every weekend and public holiday and during the Victorian school holidays. The trams run along Wendouree Parade through the beautiful and historic Botanical Gardens. Nearby Lake Wendouree is visible for most of the journey of fifteen to twenty minutes. At the Tram Depot a tram has been ingeniously converted into a display room where many tramway relics are on view. A short DVD presentation documents the history of tramways in Ballarat. All the Museum's trams are also on display including Horse Tram No 1 from 1887. Souvenirs are available for sale both on the trams and at the Depot. The Tram Depot is open on weekends and at other times when volunteer staffing permits. Group visits can usually be arranged at any time for groups as diverse as schools, senior citizens and wedding parties (catering can be arranged). « less
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#13 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: History Museums
Owner description: The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat - a majestic provincial city built on the wealth derived from the... more » Owner description: The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat - a majestic provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s.An impressive glass-fronted building with commanding views, the Gold Museum offers an award-winning gift shop specialising in the sale of gold nuggets and Australian-made gold jewellery and fine giftware.Discover the beauty and power of gold as you view an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and gold coins.‘Ballarat: Inspired by Gold’ is a major exhibition presenting the story of Ballarat from its earliest days through to European settlement and the amazing impact of the gold rushes. Entry to the Gold Museum is free with your Sovereign Hill ticket. Separate entry is also available « less
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#14 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
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#15 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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#16 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
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#17 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Museums
Owner description: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), is Australia’s newest museum and opened on May 4, 2013 on the site of the... more » Owner description: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), is Australia’s newest museum and opened on May 4, 2013 on the site of the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat. It is a 1.5-hour drive west of Melbourne. It is a a new style of museum that uses the history and spirit of the Eureka Stockade - a group of young people standing up against injustice- in the beginnings of Australian democracy to be a catalyst for what democracy could look like today for each of us, our friends, families and communities. M.A.D.E is interactive, immersive and a sensory experience. The clever use of the latest digital technology combined with iconic artefacts such as the iconic Flag of the Southern Cross (Eureka Flag) make for a thought-provoking and exciting experience. « less
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#18 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Castles
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