Ballarat City - Ballarat Central, VIC

112 km from Melbourne

Known to the aboriginals as "the resting place", now known to all as the "Garden City." The picturesque past history of this city is reflected in its air of progress.

The City of Ballarat, is situated on the fringe of the Great Dividing Range, 431 metres above sea-level. Originally a sheep-run, Ballarat lured adventurers and fortune-seekers the world over when gold was discovered in 1851 in the Buninyong Ranges, a few kms from the site of the present city.

Modern Ballarat contrasts vividly with the mining township of the gold-rush period. Tents and slab huts have given place to a city with broad thoroughfares, fine buildings, beautiful gardens, and public reserves. Sturt Street, the city's main thoroughfare, is wide and three kms long, terminating at the Arch of Victory (a war memorial marking the entrance to a 15-km tree-lined Avenue of Honour).


For the traveller or holiday maker there is ample interest and entertainment. On Lake Wendouree the fisherman can sport to his heart's content. Swimming pools, yachting and rowing are supplied. All sports are catered for, from golf to croquet.
Lake Wendouree, and the Botanic Gardens on its western shore, are among the city's most attractive features, the particular attractions of the gardens being the floral displays (especially begonias) in its conservatories, the fish hatcheries, and the marble statuary in the grounds. Near by is an early home of the Australian poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon. Of great historic interest is the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat East where, in the early days of the settlement, the diggers and the military came into armed conflict.

A grand place for a holiday and, of course, in October there are the famous "South Street Competitions" attracting artists from all over the Commonwealth.

The Curiosity House, at 7 Queen Street, South, Ballarat East, is a relic of the early colonial days.


Ballarat Central, VIC, 3350