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About Ballarat

Ballarat, Victoria is approximately 105 kms north-west of Melbourne. It is the largest inland city and the third most populous city in the state. The estimated urban area population is around 95,000. It is the administrative centre for the City of Ballarat, which encompasses both the urban area and outlying towns spanning an area of 740 square kms.

Ballarat has a rich and significant history

Gold was discovered in 1851, and the area of Ballarat was later found to be a rich alluvial field. News of the finds intensified the Victorian gold rush bringing over 10,000 migrants to the city from around the world within a year and transforming it from a station to a major settlement in the newly proclaimed Colony of Victoria. Historic Ballarat combines the best of country and city living in a remarkable setting. Ballarat is large enough and far enough from Metropolitan Melbourne to retain its own distinctive provincial flavour and identity, yet it is located within easy commuting distance from Melbourne's central business district.


In Ballarat, community infrastructure meets changing community needs with high quality, accessible social services for people at all stages of life and offers a wide array of attractions including parks, public gardens and lakes, as well as a vibrant alfresco dining, arts and music culture.

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