Local Attractions

Here is a selection of the great attractions in Ballarat.

Botanical Gardens

Enjoy the beauty of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens by strolling through the Prime Ministers Walk, visit the Ex Prisoner of War Memorial, the spectacular Craft Cottage or visit the stunning Conservatory and the beautiful Lake Wendouree.

http://visitballarat.com.au/things-to-do/play/attractions/ballarat-botanical-gardens.aspx

Sovereign Hill

Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.

http://www.sovereignhill.com.au

Blood on the Southern Cross

‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ is an explosive multi-million dollar sound-and-light show like nothing you’ve ever seen before! The story of the Eureka Rebellion, a dramatic battle between gold miners and Government forces at Ballarat on 3 December, 1854, is retold nightly by ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, Sovereign Hill’s acclaimed sound-and-light spectacular.

http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/sound-light-show/

Prisoner of War Memorial

With these few words from the poem “For the Fallen” by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon we welcome you to the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial. This Unique Memorial was opened on the 6th February 2004 to recognise and remember those Australians who became Prisoners of War during the Wars of the 20th Century.

http://www.powmemorialballarat.com.au/

Wildlife Park

This award winning Park is owned and operated by Greg Parker and his family. Founded in February 1985 through a passion for conservation of wildlife and the environment, the Parker family have long realised the value of allowing people and animals to come together in a relaxing, friendly and educational environment. The selection of animals is truly unique and features animals that can only be described as natural wonders of the world!

http://www.wildlifepark.com.au/

M.A.D.E Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

With the evocative Eureka Flag as its centrepiece, M.A.D.E’s interactive and immersive exhibitions will explore the evolution and the future of democracy – looking at culture, civics, history and citizenship.

http://made.org/

Gold Museum

The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat – a majestic provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s.

http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/gold-museum-ballarat/

Art Galleries

Ballarat and its historic villages are home to one of Australia’s most vibrant and diverse arts scenes.

From colonial masterpieces to cutting edge modernism, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is Australia’s finest regional gallery, an arts experience not to be missed. The region boasts a wide array of arts and culture experiences including live theatre, poetry readings, cinema, writers’ workshops, singing competitions, an abundance of small galleries and local craft shops, and much more.

http://visitballarat.com.au/things-to-do/play/arts.aspx

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Her Majesty’s has been a central part of the cultural life of Ballarat since it first opened its doors in 1875. Australia’s best preserved theatre building, it has been continuously used as Ballarat’s home of live performance ever since. It has been owned and operated by the City of Ballarat since 1987 and functions as Ballarat’s performing arts centre.

http://www.hermaj.com/

Tramway Museum

Travel on part of Ballarat’s living history.

Take a ride on one of the 90 year old trams, which provided Ballarat’s main form of passenger service until 1971. The vintage tram ride covers 1.3km of original line through the beautiful Botanical Gardens by the western side of the tranquil Lake Wendouree and takes about 20 minutes.

http://visitballarat.com.au/things-to-do/play/attractions/ballarat-tramway-museum.aspx

Aviation Museum

A truly unique collection of flying aircraft, engines, wartime relics and equipment from the 1920s to the present day.

http://visitballarat.com.au/things-to-do/play/attractions/ballarat-aviation-museum.aspx

Bird World

With over two hundred Australian and overseas Birds to see. It is a rare chance for Australian and overseas visitors to see the colors of Australian bird life.

http://www.ballaratbirdworld.com.au/

Avenue of Honour

The Ballarat Avenue of Honour is significant as the earliest known memorial avenue to have been planted in Victoria, and appears to have stimulated similar plantings throughout Victoria in the years 1917 to 1921.

http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/lae/attractions/arch-of-victory-avenue-of-honour.aspx

Regent Cinemas

With a total of 6 Mainstream screens (2 of which screen Digital 3D) and 2 Gold Class screens, Regent Cinemas Ballarat offer a wide range of films from Blockbusters and 3D, to quality Showcase (Art-house) films screened both in standard and luxury Gold Class auditoriums.

http://www.regententertainment.com.au/Page/Home

Ballarat Ghost Tours

Eerie Tours invites you to spend an evening exploring the dark and paranormal side of the City of Ballarat… a town steeped in early Australian History.

http://www.eerietours.com.au/

Mitchell Harris Cellar Door and Wine Shop

This 120 year old former produce store, tentmaker’s store, and workshop has been transformed by Ballarat wine producer Mitchell Harris Wines, providing the full tasting experience right in the heart of Ballarat.

http://mitchellharris.com.au

Sails on the Lake

Located at the Ballarat Yatch Club “Sails on the Lake” is Ballarat’s only waterfront function centre, restaurant and cafe.

http://www.ballarat.com/sails/