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Travel – Ballarat – Australia – Part 2

Ballarat is a city situated on the Yarrowee River and lower western plains which belong to the Great Dividing Range in Victoria in Australia.

Geography Of Ballarat

• Geologically, the area is made of alluvial sediment and volcanic flows.
• These were provided by now extinct volcanoes.
• Nearby Buninyong and Warrenheip are the area’s tallest peaks.
• Subsequently, the basin contains large aspects of fertile agricultural soil.
• Ballarat itself is situated by using an alluvial basin of the Yarrowee catchment as well as tributary creeks.
• They are penetrated by sub-ranges of schist constructed from granite and quartz.
• Combined with visible river and creeks, the basin has numerous active and inactive aquifers and natural wetlands.
• These might be employed for urban water, agriculture and recreation.
• There are many densely forested areas around Ballarat.
• The historic wood milling and land clearing lead to no remains of old-growth forests.
• The foremost natural bodies of water have been in the west and include the previous shallow swamps of Lake Wendouree.
• They can be central towards city’s western suburbs and beyond winter’s Swamp as well as the large Lake Burrumbeet wetland complex.
• The majority of the opposite numerous bodies of water are created artificially.
They include:
– several reservoirs
– greatest being the White Swan Reservoir
– smaller suburban lakes including Lake Esmond.
• The entire area of the country is about 740 square km.
• In which the contiguous populated area of Ballarat covers about 90 square km.
• About 90% of the urban land area is residential as well as suburban.
• From the city center, the area of Ballarat extends up to north to about 6 km north to the hills which are around Invermay.
• It is approximately 7.5 km east to Leigh Creek within the foothills of Mount Warrenheip.
• It is approximately 7 km west over the plains to Lucas.
• It is approximately 8.5 km south across the Yarrowee river and Canadian creek valley towards the fringe of Buninyong.
• The city center is found reduced the valley on the Yarrowee.
• It is encompassed by hills in ways that metropolis skyline is visible through the hills and also the lower lying inner eastern suburbs.
• Yarrowee reaching toward Ballarat Central turns into a stormwater drain.
• It is completely covered because it flows within the CBD.

City and Suburbs of Ballarat

• Ballarat is a primarily low-rise city.
• The area surrounding Ballarat Airport has few established height limits for buildings.
• The City of Ballarat defines two Major Activity Centres from the populated area.
• They are the Central Downtown (CBD) and Wendouree with a high power of business, retail and community function.
• They are based primarily on the Melbourne 2030 planning model.
• There are 11 neighborhood activity centres.
• The tallest building in urban Ballarat is the seven-story Henry Bolte wing from the Ballarat Base Hospital.
• Ballarat expands into several suburban areas beyond the centre.
• Settlement patterns around Ballarat have small villages and country towns.
• The Central Business District is actually a combination area of office and retail which is bounded by railway lines to the north.
It is bound:
– towards west by Drummond Street
– towards the south to Grant street
– to the east by Princes Street

Historic center of East Ballarat includes:
• Lydiard
• Sturt Streets
• Armstrong
• Doveton
• Dana Street
• Bridge Street

The inner established suburbs include:
• Ballarat East
• Bakery Hill
• Golden Point
• Soldiers Hill
• Black Hill
• Brown Hill
• Eureka
• Canadian
• Mount Pleasant
• Redan
• Sebastopol
• Newington

Towards west, Ballarat has expanded to:
• Alfredton
• Delacombe

Wendouree towards north expanded to:
• Ballarat North
• Invermay Park
• Invermay
• Nerrina

The east to Warrenheip and south is expanded to:
• Sebastopol
• Mount Clear
• Mount Helen
• Massive capital of scotland – Bunninyong
• Wendouree is now the sole major suburban activity centre.
• It has a large indoor local mall—Stockland Shopping mall.
• There is a number of surrounding retail parks.
• Small suburban hubs are with supermarkets including IGA (supermarkets) and small stretches of shopfronts.
• The economy of Ballarat is run by 3 economic sectors.
• The primary industry is the service industry.

The main key aspects of economy include:
• Tourism
• Hospitality
• Retail
• Professional services
• Government administration
• Education
• Manufacturing
• Mining
• Agriculture
• Service sector and renewable power.

Best time to visit / climate

• Ballarat has a moderate oceanic climate.
• It has 4 seasons.
• Its elevation is at 435 meters above sea level.
• This causes its mean monthly temperatures to tend on average 3 – 4 degrees Celsius.
• Maximum temperatures over the summer period frequently exceed 30.0 °C and often reach above 40.0 °C.
• The mean daily maximum temperature for January is 25.0 °C.
• The mean minimum is 10.8 °C.
• In July, the mean maximum is 10.0 °C.
• Average July minimum is 3.2 °C.

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How to get there?

To reach Ballarat : By car
• Ballarat is about ninety minutes drive from Melbourne around the Western Freeway, M8.
• Alternatively, from Geelong consider the southern a part of the A300.
• From Bendigo and Castlemaine go ahead and take northern section of the identical highway.

To reach Ballarat : By train
• Frequent V/Line trains run from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne.
• The trip takes approx one hour and twenty minutes.
• Ballarat Station is in the core of the city.

To reach Ballarat : By plane
• Ballarat is not served directly by any commercial passenger flights.
• You have to fly to Melbourne.
• There’s an Airport Shuttle Bus between Ballarat and Melbourne’s main domestic and international airport, Melbourne airport.
• It is generally known as Tullamarine on some booking sites.
The shuttle bus costs
– $30 for adults
– $76 for families
– $16 for children 3 to 16
– Children under 3 are free
• There isn’t a direct connection between Melbourne’s secondary Avalon airport and Ballarat.
• The options are to either hire a car, or obtain the coach to Melbourne’s Southern Cross railway station.
• Then take train to Ballarat.

Get around
• The Ballarat Visitor Information Centre is really a short walk from the Station.
• It operates an amiable visitor shuttle bus.
• This service links on the main attractions and also to Buninyong Township.
• You can find your way around Ballarat using a bicycle.
• There are two choices for bicycle hire.
Bicycle Centre Ballarat
– 24 Armstrong Street Nth
– Ph: +61 3 5334 4388
– Fax: +61 3 5331 8155
Welcome Nugget
– Bicycles for Hire
– 128 Lydiard Street Nth
– Ph: 0423 268 618
– ballaratonabike@rocketmail.com

Some Travel Books on Australia

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia In a Sunburned Country Frommer’s Australia (Frommer’s Color Complete)

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at wotif.com
Hotels at ballarat.com

Blogs/Sites about Ballarat – Australia

blogs at travelbuddy.com
blogs at visitballarat.com.au
blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.com

Images and photos of Ballarat – Australia

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