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4.3
Historic Sites · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas

Popular things to do in Ballarat

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Historic Site
Sovereign Hill
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Water Body
Lake Wendouree
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Ballarat Wildlife Park
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Ballarat Botanical Gardens
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation¬†of¬†alternative energy sources. You will see wind turbines spotting the landscape in the shadow of two extinct volcanoes, but the city also uses geothermal energy and solar power, and it experiments with biomass energy production to provide power to its urban population of over 93,000. A Victorian boomtown in the late 1800s, Ballarat exploded with activity during the gold rush. In the downtown area, you'll see grand Victorian edifices housing Her Majesty's theater, an observatory, and museums, all situated near the Avenue of Honor constructed from 1917 to 1919. These historic structures hold their own next to modern architecture giving an old-meets-new vibe to the bustling city. Plan your holiday in Ballarat and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Australia trip planner.

Side trips from Ballarat

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Scenic Drive
The Great Ocean Road Torquay
4.8
Duration: 4h 30 min
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Hiking Trail
The Pinnacle Halls Gap
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Spa
Spas Daylesford
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Spa
Spas Hepburn Springs
1.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Ballarat

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Landmark
Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Landmark
Lydiard Street
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Landmark
Arch of Victory
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Wine Tour / Tasting
Green Guide Explorer
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Parks in Ballarat

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Playground
Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Garden
Sturt Street Gardens
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Lake Esmond Botanical Park
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Victoria Park
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Ballarat

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Farmers Market
Bridge Mall Farmers Market
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Amazing Mill Markets Ballarat
4.1
Duration: 3 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Crafty Squirrel
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Ballarat Chocolate Shoppe
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Ballarat

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Water Body
Lake Burrumbeet
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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State Park
Enfield State Park
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Mount Warrenheip
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

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