Just over 1 hour from Melbourne via the Western Highway, Ballarat is Victoria’s largest inland city. Boasting a population of approximately 84,000, the famous nineteenth century colonial town remains a boom attraction for tourists just as it was 150 years ago. In fact the legacy of the famous gold rush era is still evident in the majestic architecture and wide tree-lined streets of the city today. Ballarat’s rich history and heritage, nearby natural attractions and friendly locals make it the ideal holiday destination for the whole family. Set on a former gold mining site, Sovereign Hill is an outdoor museum recreating the gold rush era in fascinating detail. Explore the Eureka Centre, watch the miners at work or pan for gold – your fortune awaits! After a busy day wandering the goldfields taste test Ballarat’s quaint local cafes or restaurants where you can sample fine local wines, olives, apples and more, direct from the farm gate or cellar door. Ballarat is also home to fabulous galleries and gardens. Relax and unwind in one of the elegant parklands and historic botanic gardens or see superb collections of local and European art at two of Australia's finest regional galleries - the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and Bendigo Art Gallery.