Ballarat is one of the greatest gold-mining towns on earth, and the mineral continues to provide most of the town's major attractions, even long after the end of the gold rush. It’s easy to see the proceeds of that boom time in the monumental Victorian-era buildings around the city centre.
The single biggest attraction here is the fabulous re-created gold-mining village at Sovereign Hill, but there’s plenty more in this busy provincial city to keep you occupied, including art galleries and microbreweries. Rug up if you visit in winter – Ballarat's renowned for being chilly.
The Wathaurung people are the traditional custodians of this land.