Ballarat was built on gold and it’s easy to see the proceeds of those days in the grand Victorian-era architecture 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 grand gold-mining-era architecture, art galleries and microbreweries. Rug up if you visit in the winter months – Ballarat is renowned for being chilly.
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