One of Ballarat’s most defining aspects is its association with gold. The heart of Australia’s goldfields, the city was a bustling and thriving heart of activity in the 19th century and has maintained its historic appeal ever since.
Take a wander on one of several heritage walking tours where you can admire the iconic Ballarat buildings and monuments from the 19th century and learn all about the city’s rich goldfields history. If guided tours aren’t your thing, simply download the Ballarat Revealed App and go on a self-guided tour of the city using your smart phone. The geo location based historical storytelling app uses historical images and videos to provide you with an experience of the cityscape as it was in past centuries. Ballarat Revealed also features a Ghost Signs tour where you can look up to Ballarat’s faded advertising history, discovering the people, places and industries that made Ballarat what it is today.
Head on to the Art Gallery of Ballarat – Australia’s oldest regional art gallery. Located in one of the city’s most iconic thoroughfares Lydiard Street, the gallery will provide you with a decent dose of history. Take your time as you walk through the permanent collection of historic fine art as well as the indigenous and contemporary art. After your gallery visit, pop into the adjoining Kittelty’s café and grab yourself some morning tea. The café menu sources local ingredients and the coffee is locally-made.