Gold, discovered in the region in 1851, caused the boom town conditions that became Ballarat. The name derived from two local Aboriginal words, ’Balla’ and ’Arat’, the former meaning elbow resting and the latter meaning place.
There are numerous tours available exploring Ballarat and surrounds, both from Melbourne Australia and in the town itself.
Hotels in Ballarat and Victoria - You can find budget hotels and luxury places to stay: luxury hotels to low priced backpackers, bed & breakfasts and farmstays in the tourism region of the Goldfields and in nearby centres including Bendigo.
Main Photo: City of Ballarat Victoria
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Photo: Town Hall - Ballarat Victoria