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Rush to Ballarat
The words 'Heritage' and 'Ballarat' go hand in hand.
Born of the greatest gold-rush the world has ever seen Ballarat is a living, breathing time capsule and over the Mother's Day weekend of 10th to 11th May the city invites visitors to share in celebrating its eventful history form the early 1850's right up to the present day.
Highlighting historic venues such as Lydiard Street, the Town Hall, Mechanics Institute and Railway Station the weekend will encompass a program of free events &entertainment, tours and markets.
Ballarat's imposing Town Hall will figure prominently during the Heritage Weekend
Visitors will be able to take part in a walking tour of Lydiard Street, one of the most intact heritage streetscapes in the country, hosted and narrated by members of the Ballarat branch of the National Trust.
That's a free tour as is a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Her Majesty's Theatre, a Ballarat institution since 1875.
For a gold coin donation you can be part of a guided tour of the Ballarat New Cemetery Chinese Section and Gum Loong Friendship Garden, the Ballarat Mechanics Institute and the Old Colonist's Hall.
The Mining Exchange is at the heart of historic Lydiard Street
A free double-decker bus tour of the city will depart the Mining Exchange in Lydiard St every 20 minutes on both days and Steam Rail Victoria will operate vintage steam train trips from the Ballarat Railway Station 5 times daily on both days.
For the price of a gold coin donation you can take part in a tour of the old Colonists Hall
On the 10th and 11th of May all roads lead to Ballarat, just as they did in 1852 when the hope of picking up gold in the streets brought prospectors from around the world.