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, Stoney Rises, SMEATON, Phone: (03) 53 456233.
Perched on a historic 1850's sheep station, Tuki is in the heart of Victoria's Gold and Spa Country. Incorporating sheep farming, trout fishing, restaurant, conference and accommodation facilities.

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Springmount Pottery, Midland Hwy. CRESWICK 3363 Phone: (03) 5345 2856 Phone: (03) 5345 2856
A superb pottery gallery located in a natural bush setting, specialising in Australian ceramics, Ashware, antiques, jewellery, fine art and the famous Springmount Pottery range.

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The Golden City Paddle Steamer, PO Box 64, BALLARAT 3350, Phone: (03) 53 311556.
Idyllic cruise on the 110 year old Golden City Paddle Steamer around beautiful Lake Wendouree Ballarat.

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Kryal Castle, Forbes Rd, WARRENHEIP 3351, Phone: (03) 53 347388, Fax: (03) 5334 7422.
Step back into medieval history at Kryal Castle. Featuring live re-enactments daily, The Magic Theatre, arms and armour, glass craftsman, art gallery, Heraldry, royal photographer, maze, Comical cemetery, and extensive historic displays, licensed tavern, eatery and all facilities.

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Gold Museum, Bradshaw St, BALLARAT 3350, Phone: (03) 53 311944.
The Gold Museum houses an extensive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, gold ornaments and coins, featuring the renowned Jessica and Paul Simon collection of gold coins

Ballarat Wildlife & Reptile Park

Ballarat Wildlife & Reptile Park, Cnr Fussell & York St, BALLARAT EAST 3350, Phone: (03) 53 335933.
Set in 16 acres of beautiful peppermint gum woodland, you can experience close contact with koalas, kangaroos, emus and other native animals in an atmosphere of contentment and tranquillity.

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Suga - Ballarat Candy Kitchen, 109 Sturt Street, Ballarat. Vic 3350, Phone: (03) 5333 4566, Fax: (03) 5333 4577
The Candy makers make the rock behind the glass partitions allowing full visibility whilst providing information about the process. Once the candy has been stretched and cut, it is offered to the audience whilst still warm. The taste of the fresh candy is sensational and the power of performance very strong.

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Yuulong Lavender Estate, Yendon Rd, MT EGERTON 3345, Phone: (03) 53 689453.
The property features a retail nursery, craft and tearoom complex, picturesque bushland setting, large garden, contoured hills of lavender, bi annual music and farming festivals, and an extensive range of lavender culinary, craft, and skin care products.

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Blood on the Southern Cross , Bradshaw St, BALLARAT 3350, Phone: (03) 53 335777
Australia's Eureka lives on in Blood on the Southern Cross, a dramatic sound-and-light show which tells the story of the Eureka Rebellion in which Ballarat's miners took up arms against the colonial administration on the Ballarat goldfields in December 1854.

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Ballarat Aviation Museum, Municipal Airport, BALLARAT 3350, Phone: (03) 53 395016.
Ballarat Exhibition & Entertainment Centre, Western Highway, BALLARAT, Vic. 3350 Phone: (03) 53 347877

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The Tangled Maze, The Old Kingston Rd., CRESWICK 3363, Phone: (03) 53 452847.
The Tangled Maze is constructed from hundreds of flowering plants, grown on trellises to provide the traditional puzzle......where the trick is to find your way through, and also to answer the questions of the mystery trail.

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Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw St, BALLARAT 3350, Phone: (03) 53 311944.
Sovereign Hill faithfully depicts Ballarat's first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851. It's where Australia's history comes to life! At Sovereign Hill, you'll experience life as it was in the 1850s. It's just like stepping back in time.

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Eureka Stockade, Eureka St, BALLARAT , Phone:(03) 53 331854.
Located on one of Australia's most historic streets,the Stockade is the location of the newly built Eureka Stockade centre which employs state-of-the-art multi-media technology to vividly bring the Eureka story to life.

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Ballarat Rail Promotion Group, Box 1022 Ballarat Mail Centre Vic 3354 Phone: (03) 5331 1717
The Ballarat Rail Promotion Group (BRPG) is a volunteer, incorporated association working to ensure the preservation of the unique heritage of the Ballarat railway precinct.

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BALLARAT
Born out of the frantic days of the goldrush, Victoria's largest inland city has matured into a gracious collection of elegant public buildings, fine parks and landscaped gardens. Ballarat is situated just 110 kilometres west of Melbourne - a short hour's drive.
From its initial gold find in 1851, the area produced 27 per cent of Victoria's gold by the turn of the century. The initial fields to be exploited were the alluvial fields of Ballarat East. In the years following, the rich leads buried under the Sebastapol Plateau were to produce enormous yields. The resulting need for heavy machinery meant a growth in local industries such as Cowley's Eureka Iron Works and mining suppliers like The Phoenix. These manufacturing concerns created a permanence for Ballarat.
Not only did the Goldfields bring wealth, but along with it came turmoil. In fact, one of the greatest dramas in Australian history occurred on the Ballarat goldfields. The Eureka Stockade remains the only armed civil uprising against the government in Australia's history.
All miners on Victorian goldfields were expected to pay, in advance, a licensing fee. This aroused discontent amongst the miners who developed the slogan "no taxation without representation". On November 29, 1854, thousands of miners gathered at Bakery Hill and defiantly burnt their licenses. A few days later, after grouping together behind a stockade, they were confronted by the soldiers.
In the early hours of December 3, 22 miners and six of the attackers died in the battle. Eureka was the name of the claim in which the miners built their timber barricade.
The battle only lasted 15 minutes but the event will remain deeply engraved in Australia's history. Its outcome was the quickening of the development of democracy in Australia, the license fee was replaced by a miner's right and holders of miner's rights were given the right to vote.
Ballarat is also home to the delightful Sovereign Hill - a faithful and fascinating re-creation of an old gold mining town of the 1850s. It is located on the site of the former Sovereign Quartz Mining Company. Here you can see township bakers demonstrate colonial breadmaking, a smithy showing how horseshoes are made, an old fashioned printer producing a newspaper and pan for real gold. You can visit the mining museum and discover the process of obtaining gold from quartz. At night, the sound and light performance Blood on the Southern Cross encapsulates the Eureka story.
Opposite lies the Gold Museum where the history of this magic metal has been captured and detailed. Nearby, the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery houses early and contemporary Australian art. Here, such finely regarded artists as Eugene Von Guerard, William Dobell, Sidney Nolan and Russell Drysdale chronicle the history of early Ballarat and Australia. You can also see the Eureka Flag donated by the widow of a trooper who fought at the Eureka Stockade.
Ballarat is also known as 'the city of statues'. The Botanical Gardens have a fine classical collection donated by gold mining entrepreneurs. The Flight From Pompeii, and Spring. Autumn, Winter, Hebe, Leda and Pomona grace these gardens. The Prime Ministers' Avenue is updated with a new bust to record each incoming Prime Minister of Australia.
While you are here make sure you visit the magnificent Craig's Royal Hotel. Mark Twain and Prince Alfred once slept here. Today you can enjoy its colonial authenticity, as you can at Ballarat Terrace where gracious accommodation is offered in the renovated Victorian terrace home. Surrounding Ballarat are further attractions like the famous Yellowglen Vineyards. Don't miss the Wallace Cheesery and the Yuulong Lavender Estate.

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