Top Choice Historic Site in Ballarat

Sovereign Hill

You’ll need to set aside at least half a day to visit this fascinating re-creation of Ballarat's 1860s gold-mining township. The site was mined in the gold-rush era and much of the equipment is original, as is the m…
Top Choice Gallery in Ballarat

Art Gallery of Ballarat

Established in 1884 and moved to its current location in 1890, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest provincial gallery in Australia. The architectural gem houses a wonderful collection of early colonial paintin…
Museum in Ballarat

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

Standing on the site of the Eureka Rebellion, this fine museum opened in May 2013 and has already established itself as one of Ballarat's top attractions. Taking the Eureka Rebellion as its starting point – pride of…
Lake in Ballarat

Lake Wendouree

Lake Wendouree, a large artificial lake used for the 1956 Olympics rowing events, is a natural focal point for the town. Old timber boat sheds spread along the shore, and a popular walking and cycling track encircle…
Gardens in Ballarat

Botanic Gardens

On the western side of the lake, Ballarat's beautiful and serene gardens were first planted in 1858. Stroll through the 40 hectares of immaculately maintained rose gardens, wide lawns and colourful conservatory. Vis…
Zoo in Ballarat

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Ballarat’s tranquil wildlife park is strong on native fauna: Tasmanian devils, cassowaries, dingoes, quokkas, snakes, eagles and crocs. There are also animals from nearby neighbouring countries such as tree kangaroo…
Museum in Ballarat

Gold Museum

Sitting on an old mine across the road from Sovereign Hill, the family-friendly Gold Museum has multimedia exhibits as well as nuggets found in the area, gold pieces from around the world and a display on the Eureka…
Museum in Ballarat

Ballarat Tramway Museum

This tram operates on a short section of tramline around Lake Wendouree, departing from the Tram Museum at the depot. Horsedrawn trams started running in the city in 1887, later replaced by electric trams until 1971…
Wildlife Reserve in Ballarat

Ballarat Bird World

Only open on weekends, this large aviary has 40 different types of mostly Australian parrots and cockatoos. It's set among peaceful gardens, ponds, boardwalks and waterfalls. Located 10km south of Ballarat.
Castle in Ballarat

Kryal Castle

It may be kitsch but the kids will love a day out at this mock medieval castle and self-styled medieval adventure park. Knights and damsels in distress wander the grounds and there's everything from a Dragon's Labyr…