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An Architectures's Delight
Due to its opulent and rich Victorian-era architecture, Ballarat is a real visual delight. This city is housed on the Yarrowee River and lower western plains of the Great Dividing Range in the state of Victoria. This Australian metropolis is a delicious blend of the old and the new but it is the fabulous historical gems that gets people to come back for more.
Kick-start the trip by heading over to the Sovereign Hill. Be sure to keep aside atleast half a day to soak up the incredible re-creation of an 1860s gold-mining township. The main street is viewed as a living history museum, with folks carrying out their chores dressed in attires of the era. The remarkable sound-and-light show is at night. Also, do drop by at the closeby Gold Museum, where there are imaginative exhibits and samples from all the old mining areas, as well as gold nuggets, coins and exhibits on the Eureka Rebellion.
Craving for some peace and quiet? Then spend some time at the botanic gardens. These gorgeous gardens were first set up in 1858. Wander around the 40 hectares of well-maintained rose gardens, wide lawns and colourful conservatory. Drop by at the cottage of poet Adam Lindsay Gordon or stroll along the Prime Ministers' Avenue, a collection of bronze busts of all of Australia's prime ministers.
Wild-life enthusiasts can make it a point to stop over at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. It is fantastic on native fauna and is brimming with King Island wallabies, Tasmanian devils, quokkas, snakes, eagles and crocs. Take a guided tour and view a koala show, wombat show, snake show and participate in crocodile feeding. Those who are fond of birds can head over to the Ballarat Bird World. Forty different kinds of birds are housed there with serene gardens featuring ponds and waterfalls.
There are several museums in Ballarat. Some of them are: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (talks about democracy in Australia) and Art Gallery of Ballarat (incredible collection of colonial paintings with works from accomplished Australian artists (including Tom Roberts, Sir Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale and Fred Williams) and contemporary works).
When it comes to shopping, do explore the markets of Ballarat that offers incredible shopping for antiques, bric-a-brac and numerous local products such as plants and confectionery. As for cuisine, do indulge in local fare served in restaurants dotted in the city.
The stay options in Ballarat are abundant with the best luxury hotels, cheap accommodations and rental apartments available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on the budget and taste.
Ballarat experiences moderate oceanic climate. The best time to visit would be during January, February, March, April, October, November and December as the temperatures are pleasant.