Ballarat is located on the Yarrowee River on the lower western plains of the Great Dividing Range. Discover gold at Sovereign Hill, learn about native flora in the botanic gardens or explore the great outdoors on extensive cycle paths, mountain biking and city walking trails. There is something for everyone in Ballarat.

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General Information about Ballarat

Ballarat is a city located on the Yarrowee River and lower western plains of the Great Dividing Range in the state of Victoria, approximately 105 kilometres (65 mi) west-north-west of the state capital, Melbourne. Visit Ballarat, where local attractions and hidden gems deliver an array of unexpected delights.

Explore the great outdoors on extensive cycle paths, mountain biking and city walking trails. Discover gold at Sovereign Hill, or learn about native flora in the botanic gardens or experience hand feeding a kangaroo at the Ballarat Wildlife and Reptile Park.

Delve into an array of stylish restaurants, bars and shops brimming with local produce and wine and chat to local winemakers at their cellar door. At night, come alive to a city with a vibrant entertainment scene for all tastes. There's something for everyone in Ballarat.

For more information on where to stay and what to do, see our Ballarat directory.

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