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  • travellingpixie
    Adelaide, Australia285 contributions
    Having never been we took a road trip to visit and it was worth the interstate drive!
    We arrived at 10 and left at 5pm, a full day out and we still didn't see everything!

    What a fun way to learn about the gold rush, the underground mine tour was amazing, as was the self guided one.

    Great to see how lollies are made, gold pouring, blacksmithing. The panto was so much fun! See as many shows as you can.

    Panning for gold was a nice end of day was to chill by the stream and paddle our feet.

    Nice big playground.

    Only issue I would note is the extra costs, we paid extra for the mine tour, candle dipping, horse ride etc. I knew we would but just worth noting the costs can add up here.

    Would be nice to see more people in costume walking around that you could ask question to.
    Written January 31, 2023
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  • JackieWaWa
    Adelaide, Australia63 contributions
    It was easy walking distance from the main town but it was oooh sooo cold & windy in July. Lake Wendouree is open and vast with no shelter from wind or rain. All that aside the lake is picturesque and a good walk around. Worth seeing whilst in Ballarat.
    Written January 24, 2023
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  • eileenw_sea
    Seattle, WA5 contributions
    Visiting Ballarat Wildlife Park was a highlight of my family's vacation to Australia. We rented a car from Melbourne and spent a few hours around the park. The Animal Encounters with the tree kangaroo and koalas were amazing (bummed to have missed the wombat time slot, but thank you so much to the staff for working out the schedule for us to do the two others!). I took a ton photos and appreciated the professional ones with the koalas. Though I kind of wish I could have digital copies too, I understand that could be difficult to sort out. My younger son especially enjoyed his 'crunch lunch' - so cute to have the little toys included. We all enjoyed feeding the kangaroos. Everyone there was so friendly and helpful, as well as knowledgeable and caring with the animals.
    Written January 26, 2023
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  • Chris S
    96 contributions
    Located next to Lake Wendouree, this is a special and unusual regional Botanical Garden. Established in 1857, it has a couple of items of interest, apart from the plants. Check out the Prime Ministers Walk, which has busts of every Australian Prime Minister since Federation up to Tony Abbot at the moment. Adam Lindsay Gordon's cottage was relocated here from its original site in the city.
    Written January 28, 2023
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  • Swisshen
    Perth, Australia2,289 contributions
    This is the second time I have visited this Art Gallery and still found this I had missed the first time. You should start in the Original Gallery which exhibits paintings purchased at the time of the museum’s opening. Then’Place Gallery, ‘Country Gallery and finally the ‘Disruption Gallery.
    There is Norman Lindsay’s Sitting Room and some of the families works on display downstairs.
    The current exhibition’Beating About the Bush’ is a mix of old and modern take on ‘Impressionist Art’.
    Sadly the cafe closed during the pandemic and never reopened. The gift shop is well stocked with lots of goodies.
    Written December 27, 2022
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  • elnjay
    Perth45 contributions
    Unfortunately visited on a rainy day in Ballarat. This place is well organised and presents well. Kudos to the volunteers who work there. Our $8.00 concession entry fee included a tram ride. Well worth a visit.
    Written November 19, 2022
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  • Carol Blue Mountains
    Blue Mountains, Australia342 contributions
    Lots of details about the Eureka stockade events, many of which are glossed over in simple histories. Being located on the actual site of the stockade made it even more special. A 10 minute drive from the centre. 'Stockade' style children's playground on site.
    Written January 12, 2022
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  • Archaeobuff
    Sydney, Australia2,005 contributions
    There are some fine old buildings in this historic street. They are classic examples of late 19th century sensibilities in architecture. Classics include the Mining Exchange, Art Gallery, Old Colonial Hall, Reid's Coffee Palace and the Provincial Hotel,
    Written December 24, 2022
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia12,112 contributions
    Hellfire Pass in northern Thailkand is notorious for the exploitation and suffering of Australian Prisoners of War at the hands of Japan. This handsome memorial pays tribute to all those men and women who were held captive, since the Boer War. Sadly, some 4,000 POWs lie in unmarked graves.
    Written May 7, 2022
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  • Judith B
    Rosemount, Australia94 contributions
    Did some looking at the various ways the people of Ballarat have honoured their war heroes and veterans… the arch and tree lined avenue is beautiful,
    Written December 10, 2022
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  • Michael-4551
    Caloundra, Australia5,002 contributions
    Visited on Sunday 28th August. Surprisingly this was my first visit inside, so very interested to check it out and discovered that some of the Bishops from my youth were buried there, I didn't know that.
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • Jacinta C
    Fairfield, Australia52 contributions
    Easy to get to, train ran on time, the ticket office was very helpful regarding purchase of the required myki card and fares for travel.
    The train station has kept the old look which gives it a warm and cosy feeling.
    Written January 10, 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia12,112 contributions
    Lsake Wendouree Adventure Playground is a great facility for older children, with suitable play equipment that will keep youngsters occupied for an hour or so. It is near the shores of Lake Wendouree, which is an activity centre for Ballarat. Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground is adjacent to the Ballarat Botanic Gardens. Combined with a trip to the Botanic Gardens and Lake Wendourie, it's easy to spend half a day in this appealing area.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • Papalite
    Wagga Wagga, Australia196 contributions
    My wife I undertook the guided tour led by Sue, a very knowledgeable host who shared a lot of the development of Ballarat from the first gold being discovered to the growth of the city around the Gold Rush.
    Lots of examples of the gold nuggets that have been found in the area and people that have helped the miners through their cause, including the development of mining practices including steam.
    Certainly worth a visit!
    Written March 5, 2020
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  • Sue S
    1 contribution
    Had a great tasting
    In industrial area but pleasant surprise. And four other groups of people there too
    Very helpful service. Exceptional really
    Great beers
    Bought two takeaway slabs
    Dog friendly which is a massive plus for us
    Really worth a visit
    Thankyou
    Written June 12, 2022
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