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 an 1860s gold-mining township. The site was mined in the gold-rush era and much of the equipment is original, as is the mine shaf…
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…
Top Choice Gallery in Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery

One of Victoria’s finest regional galleries, the permanent collection here includes outstanding colonial and contemporary Australian art. The annual temporary exhibitions are cutting edge and have been an important …
Top Choice Gallery in Castlemaine

Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum

A superb art deco building houses this gallery, which features colonial and contemporary Australian art, including works by well-known Australian artists such as Frederick McCubbin and Russell Drysdale. The museum, …
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Halls Gap

Brambuk Cultural Centre

Your first stop should be the superb cultural centre at Brambuk, 2.5km south of Halls Gap. Run by five Koori communities in conjunction with Parks Victoria, the centre offers insights into local culture and history …
Top Choice Historic Site in Bendigo

Central Deborah Goldmine

For a very deep experience, descend into this 500m-deep mine with a geologist. The mine has been worked on 17 levels, and about 1 tonne of gold has been removed. After donning hard hats and lights, you’re taken down…
Top Choice Museum in Bendigo

Golden Dragon Museum & Gardens

Bendigo’s obvious Chinese heritage sets it apart from other goldfields towns, and this fantastic museum and garden is the place to experience it. Walk through a huge wooden door into an awesome chamber filled with d…
Top Choice Tram in Bendigo

Bendigo Talking Tram

For an interesting tour of the city, hop aboard one of the restored vintage ‘talking’ trams. The hop-on, hop-off trip runs from the Central Deborah Goldmine to the Tramways Museum every half-hour, making half-a-doze…
Top Choice 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…
Museum in Ballarat

Ballarat Tramway Museum

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