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Ballarat is located in Victoria, Australia – right at the heart of the old gold mining region. The town offers a range of unique holiday homes to suit everyone’s pocket. Activities in the town include a replica gold mining village, a fascinating museum and an art gallery. Kids have the opportunity to enjoy fun activities while adults can immerse themselves in Australia's gold rush past.
Art and Culture in Ballarat
A visit to the Gold Museum will give you and your family an insight into the town’s gold mining past with various artefacts and information on display. There is a gift shop where visitors can buy jewellery and gold nuggets during their visit to the museum.
Don’t miss the Museum of Australian Democracy, located in the old Parliament House, which offers information relating to the country’s social and political history. Original furnishings are on display and interactive digital displays and an oral history give an insight into the era of the federal parliament.
Art lovers will enjoy the Art Gallery of Ballarat with its works dating from the colonial era to present day. It's also home to the original Eureka flag. Guided tours are available with information given by knowledgeable staff. The museum also puts on regular children’s activities, where the kids can paint and draw and learn more about art.
Fun for Children in Ballarat
Ballarat Wildlife Park is a great visit for the kids, where they can see 400 different animal species on natural bush land. Stars of the park are the emus and kangaroos, which children can hand feed themselves. Take the children to the Ballarat Tramway Museum with its working trams, offering a ride around the Botanical Gardens and Lake Wendouree.
The Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground is the perfect day out for little ones, with its many types of swings, slides, forts, monkey bars, tunnels and climbing structures. All the playground equipment is totally original and is made from wood.
Memories of the Gold Rush
To get a real feel of the town’s gold mining past, visit Sovereign Hill; a replica gold mining village in the suburb of Golden Point. Walk the streets lined with recreated buildings from the 1850s, while costumed staff give information about the gold rush and are more than happy to pose for photos.
There are around 40 horses as well as typical carriages from the gold rush era. The village is located on a former gold mining site and has shops, a theatre and gold diggings to explore. Take a tram through an actual underground mine while listening to the story of two Chinese miners.
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