Ballarat has become one of Australia’s premier tourism destinations, with gold plated experiences to be enjoyed by all.

Born in the romantic and turbulent gold rush era, Ballarat’s story is intermingled with the nation’s history. When the world flocked to Ballarat in the 1850s in search of gold, it left a stunning heritage of art and culture, grand architecture, stunning gardens and above all fascinating stories for you to discover every day.

When you visit Ballarat, you’ll be caught up in its fascinating gold rush history at Sovereign Hill and feel the drama of early diggers and police troopers as they stumbled onto the pages of Australian history at the sound at light spectacular Blood on the Southern Cross.

Get up close and personal with native animals at the Ballarat Wildlife and Reptile Park, and visit Australia’s onlu medieval adventure park Kryal Castle, where myths, legends and fairy tales come to life.

Plus there’s a wealth of walking and riding trails and a treasure trove of activities awaiting the visitor right throughout the region.

Located just over 110 kilometres and connected via an excellent highway and freeway network, Ballarat is only an hour and a half by road or rail from Melbourne. Visitors arriving by air into Melbourne can continue on to Ballarat by taking the Airport Shuttle Bus, which runs a number of daily services. V/Line runs a number of trains daily to Ballarat from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to travel via train from Melbourne to Ballarat.

For further information about your Ballarat experience visit or call 1800 44 66 33