Ballarat, Victoria's largest inland city, is a major regional retail centre. Part of the Goldfields region, the historic town of Ballarat was originally one of the centres of the gold-boom, and was the site of the Eureka Stockade.
Ballarat is 110 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. It is 450 metres above sea level experiences and temperatures tend to be 2 to 3 degrees below those for Melbourne. Ballarat residents enjoy a temperate climate with four seasons.
- The Ballarat Begonia Paraade and Festival are annual events
- Ballarat Heritage Weekend website contains details, photos and maps of places to visit
- Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
- The Great Dividing Trail, a 280km public walking trail follows the top of the Great Dividing Range from Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood, Daylesford, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Creswick, Ballarat and Buninyong.