Ballarat is one of the largest inland Cities in Australia. Only 100 kilometres north west of Melbourne, the town grew on the back of Gold being discovered in 1851. This saw 10,000 miners arrive into town seeking their fortunes. Since the end of the 19th century the town has reformed from a town of shanty's and opportunity to one of long-term planning and commercialism, with many of the buildings built back then proof of the confidence of a real future for the region.
Ballarat is directly linked by rail to both Geelong and Melbourne, as well as having its own airport. The drive from Melbourne is on state highways and aside from delays caused by 'rush hour' traffic, the run is pretty quick.
The architecture and culture of the local buildings has earnt the City a place in the 'International League of Historical Cities' and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Other things to explore in Ballarat include, the many Statues and Monuments, the War Memorials and Parks & Gardens
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