Things To Do in Ballarat
There’s plenty to see and do around Ballarat. While you’re here, why not take a look at the some of the following attractions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A truly unique collection of flying aircraft, engines, wartime relics and equipment from the 1920s to the present day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sails on the Lake
Located at the Ballarat Yatch Club “Sails on the Lake” is Ballarat’s only waterfront function centre, restaurant and cafe.
St. Patrick’s College
St Patrick’s College is a Catholic secondary school for boys located in Ballarat, Victoria. The College was founded in 1893 by the Christian Brothers under the patronage of the Bishop of Ballarat, Dr James Moore.
Ballarat Clarendon College is a school where learning comes first. The school has achieved a fine academic record over the last ten years and based on VCE exam results has been ‘the highest-performing regional school for the seventh successive year.’
An extensive parkland campus near Lake Wendouree hosts a flourishing community of learners, boys and girls, attending Ballarat Grammar.
University of Ballarat
The University of Ballarat (UB) is Australia’s only regional, multi-sector university. We are the third oldest site of higher learning in Australia, and offer secondary schooling, TAFE, higher education, and research opportunities.
Australian Catholic University
The Ballarat Campus (Aquinas) has more than 850 students and is located near the commercial centre of Ballarat, which is 125 kilometres west of Melbourne.
Ballarat Turf Club
The Ballarat Turf Club boasts one of provincial Victoria’s premier racetracks, hosting over 30 race meets per season – the most conducted on any grass circuit in regional Victoria.
Ballarat & District Trotting Club
The Ballarat & Creswick Trotting Club held its inaugural race meeting at the Miners Racecourse on October 25, 1861, the site at which Bray Raceway presently stands.
Ballarat Greyhound Racing
The Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club Inc. was formed in 1935 and was originally located at “Broadway Park” in Creswick Road, Ballarat before the Club built a new racing complex over a 3 year period at Morshead Park, Ballarat.
Ballarat Golf Club
As the oldest continually played course in Australia and history spanning back to 1895, Ballarat Golf Club has a long and proud history.
Ballarat & District Soccer Association Inc. (B&DSA) is the supervising body for soccer played in the Ballarat region.
Wendouree Aquatic Centre
The Ballarat Aquatic Centre is Ballarat’s premier leisure facility, community owned and managed by Ballarat YMCA.
Home of harness racing & Ballarat greyhound racing
Ballarat Yachting Club
Ballarat Yacht Club is a club with a long and distinguished yachting history and, in 2002, a detailed written history of the club was compiled by Dr Peter Mansfield to celebrate 125 years of yachting on Lake Wendouree.
Cycling – Ballarat to Skipton Rail Trail
The Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail is a 53km, upgraded trail along the old Ballarat-Skipton Railway line.
Redan Football Netball Club
The first Redan game was reported in The Ballarat Star Saturday September 2, 1871 against the Ballarat Football Club. The Redan team was made up from miners from the Band of Hope mine and their average weight was 14 Stone (90kg).