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Published on April 06, 2015 with No Comments

This character-filled city just outside of Melbourne is big on arts, heritage and gold legacy!


SEE Ballarat has a diverse arts scene. From colonial masterpieces to cutting edge modernism, the city is where fans flock to for the best. Art Gallery of Ballarat is Australia’s oldest regional gallery with a remarkably comprehensive collection of Australian art. Others include the James Egan Gallery and Gallery on Sturt.

DO Step back in time at Sovereign Hill during the Ballarat goldrush of the 1850s. Walk amid costumed ladies and gents, pan for real gold, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and watch blacksmiths, candlemakers and coach builders at work. It’s really like the Westerns!

SHOP Get off the main shopping strips to find Ballarat’s real gems of homemade crafts, artisanal produce and one-of-a-kind gifts. Such ‘n’ Such has great homewares, clothing and gifts. Or try Sweet Fern. This gorgeous perfumery store stocks indie, handmade scents, as well as a selection of products from Ballarat’s own Sovereign Hill Apothecary.

STAY Craig’s Royal Hotel Ballarat is the place to stay. As one of the first Grand Hotels in the colony, it was born from the wealth of the Australian Gold Rush Era. Established in 1853, Craig’s hosted poets, princes and prime ministers over its 162 year history. The hotel has since been renovated into a charming boutique property that is still filled with character.

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