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Travel – Ballarat – Australia – Part 3

Ballarat is a city situated on the Yarrowee River and lower western plains which belong to the Great Dividing Range in Victoria in Australia. Ballarat carries a lively and more successful theatrical community with several local ensembles or a variety of large performing arts venues.

The major performing arts venues include:
• Her Majesty’s Theatre – Seating 940
• Tn post office Box Theatre– Flexible Seating up to 100
• Helen Macpherson Smith Performing Arts Theatre – Seating 200
• The 1870 Founders Theatre– Seating 600
• The Courthouse Theatre– Seating 140
• The Victoria Theatre– Seating 300
• Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts– Seating 900
• Gay E. Gough Theatre– Seating 350
• Mechanics Institute hall – seating 700

Visitor Information Centre
• 43 Lydiard Street North
• Ballarat CBD
• (03) 5324 2888.

Places to see in Ballarat

1. Kryal Castle
• A medieval castle that is located about 8 kilometres out of Ballarat.
• It is situated on the Western Freeway. It has:
– royal accommodation
– restaurant
– re-enactments
– an interesting history
• The site has been refurbished by the new owners.
• It new site reopened in February of 2013.

2. Sovereign Hill, Magpie St.
• It is open every day except Christmas Day.
• The timings are from 10 AM-5 PM.
• It remains open till 5:50 PM in daylight saving.
• The “Disney Land” of Victoria is a recreated.
• 1850s goldmining town can be seen.
• The staff wears period costumes.
• Visitors can try their hand at panning for gold.
• $45 adult, $20.50 child.

3. Blood on the Southern Cross
• It opens from Monday to Saturday evenings and some Sundays.
• Opening Time varies.
• There is a 80-minute sound and light show.
• The show depicts the Eureka Uprising.
• $55 adult, $29.50 child.

4. Gold Museum
• It opens every day except Christmas.
• The timings are 9:30 AM-5:20 PM
• Sovereign Hill ticket gives entry to the museum as well.

5. Eureka Stockade Centre
• It opens every day except Christmas.
• Timings are 9 AM-4:30 PM
• Last entry is by 4 PM.
• The Eureka miners rebellion that took place in 1854 against license fees took place here.
• $8 adult, $4 child.

6. Ballarat Wildlife Park
• Ballarat Wildlife Park is a wildlife park which is highly interactive and located in Ballarat in Australia.
• It was opened in 1987 by Greg Parker.
• The Park is spread over 37 acres of natural bush land.
• It is considered to be Victoria’s finest and interactive wildlife conservation park and is number one in Victoria.
• It is open from 9 am – 5:30 pm every day except Christmas.
• This is an award winning Park.
• It is owned and operated by Greg Parker along with his family.
• The park was founded in February 1985.
• This came as an outcome of a passion for conservation of wildlife and the environment.
• The Parker family realized the value of people and animals interacting together and this lead to the beginning of this park.
• The park is established in a relaxing, friendly and educational environment.
• The selection of animals is truly unique.
• It features animals which are natural wonders of the world.

– 7 DAYS from 9:00 AM 5:30 PM
– Closed on Christmas Day

• Adults – $25.00
• Child (4 – 15) – $15.00
• Family ( 2 adults and up to 4 children ) $70.00
• Extra Child – $12.00

• 1:30pm – Snake Show
• 2:00pm – Koala Show
• 2:30pm – Wombat Show
• 3:00pm – Alligator Show (Saturdays) or Crocodile Show (Sundays)
• 3:30pm – Tasmanian Devil feed and Spotted-Tail Quolls Feed

– Opens from 10AM – 5PM
– The reptile house is home to more than 40 varieties of species of reptiles.
• Meet the Keeper
• Koala Enclosure/Nursery
• Animal experiences
• Cafe
• Souvenirs
• Kids Birthday Party
• The Bushman’s Hut
• Picnic area

• Ballarat Botanical Gardens
• Lake Wendouree
• Australian Ex-POW Memorial

Gardens and Reserves
• Ballarat Botanical Gardens
• Buninyong Botanical Gardens
• Mt Buninyong Scenic Reserve
• Wetlands
• Street Gardens

• Lake Wendouree
• Lake Learmonth
• Lake Burrumbeet
• Lake Esmond

Popular Events & Features
• Begonia Festival
• Heritage Weekend
• Australia Day
• Harmony Fest
• Summer Sundays

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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