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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Instituted in 1884, this became the first provincial Art Gallery established in Australia.
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Ranked #2 of 18 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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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Lake Wendouree, part of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, is an artifically created and maintained shallow urban lake.
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Ranked #4 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #5 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #6 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Regional wildlife tourism park.
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Ranked #7 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #8 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #9 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #10 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: History Museums; 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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Ranked #11 of 18 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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Ranked #12 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Observatories/ Planetariums; Museums
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Ranked #13 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #14 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Castles; Landmarks
Owner description: Kryal Castle Adventure Park & Resort in Ballarat, Victoria officially reopened their doors to its NEW land of medieval... more » Owner description: Kryal Castle Adventure Park & Resort in Ballarat, Victoria officially reopened their doors to its NEW land of medieval adventure on March 2, 2013. Kryal Castle has been transformed for the first time since opening in the 1970s - to bring back to life this Victorian tourism icon which in November 2013 won Best New Tourism Development at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. An adventure park unlike any other in Australia, it brings to life a legendary and mythical land of medieval knights, battles, dragons, wizards, kings, enchanting queens, princesses and fairies. The multi-million dollar redevelopment restored all areas of the original castle including the moat, drawbridge, maze and castle towers, as well as refurbishment of seventeen four-star, luxury on-site castle suites, with hand-woven French and Belgium tapestries. Open weekends, school holidays and public holidays from 10 am - 4pm (latest entry 3pm)- prepare for excitement at the new Kryal Castle - there are plenty of wonders and medieval marvels for EVERYONE - little kids and big kids - parents and grandparents - alike! « less
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Ranked #15 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #16 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 18 attractions in Ballarat
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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