Ballarat has a variety of tourist attractions and activities for everybody, with a short effortless trip to all due to the close proximity to your accommodation.
Visitors to Ballarat will become engrossed in the dramatic events of the Eureka Rebellion and thankfully there is much to see and learn about this battle in 1854. The multi-million dollar sound and light show named ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ at Sovereign Hill is a stirring and emotional tribute to the city’s history. If, however you are interested in learning more about this pivotal event, consider a visit to Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.) where a series of programs, exhibitions, historical objects, and personal stories will add new significance to this poignant moment in Australia’s history.
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Exceptional opportunities exist to explore Ballarat’s local nature and wildlife. The award winning Ballarat Wildlife Park offers examples of some of Australia’s most popular native wildlife. Experience up close interaction with koalas, wombats, kangaroos and meet the Park’s five meter long crocodile named ‘Crunch’ during his daily feeding session! Complete with guided tours, educational time with park keepers, café and souvenir shop.
A family attraction built in the style of a grand medieval castle, Kryal Castle is a theme park and resort providing mythical olde-worlde adventure. Fun-filled and full of craft activities, stage shows, pantomimes, pony rides and a choice of dinner entertainment and special events. Kryal Castle is an attraction that children will love.
This ever popular attraction is an outdoor museum that recreates the bustling and exciting goldfields of Sovereign Hill during the first decade of Ballarat’s gold rush era. Costumed characters and historically accurate settings breathe life into a bygone era where you can pan for gold, take a guided mine tour, ride through town on a horse drawn carriage or sample shopping, hotels, schools and theatres of the 1850’s. By night take pleasure in ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, a multi-million dollar show that encapsulates the dramatic Eureka Uprising of 1854.
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Her Majesty’s Theatre, old and extravagant, is one of Regional Victoria’s busiest performing arts hubs. Offering quality theatre productions and performances from some of Australia’s most successful touring theatre companies, and The Maj Café and Bar; a licensed eatery operating prior to and following each performance. In addition to the theatres many plays, ballets and musical events this grand building is also home to many interesting artefacts and offers tours of the theatre (must be pre-arranged).