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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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Introduced in 2006 by Ballarat Regional Tourism, the Ballarat Heritage Weekend has firmly established itself as an annual community cultural festival and to be staged this year over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday the 26th & 27th of May.

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Ballarat's Mining Exchange is just one of many historically important buildings to be found in the city. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The weekend features a big program of events showcasing Ballarat's historic assets including access to historic buildings, heritage tours, free entertainment, activities and performances.

Victoria Melbourne Ballarat History Heritage Gold Goldrush Goldfields Get Out Of Town Escape The City
Purchase a Ballarat Pass and you'll get discounted admission to four top Ballarat attractions including Kryal Castle. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


This year's event will focus on past and present technology looking at inventions and technological development over the last 100 years as well as using modern technology to explore the past.

Feature events include fashion, historic buildings tours, robots, music, & television and a new tour of the Ballarat Gaol Ė there's even a beard growing competition.

Victoria Melbourne Ballarat History Heritage Gold Goldrush Goldfields Get Out Of Town Escape The City
Sovereign Hill is one of Autralia's great historical theme parks and takes visitors back to Ballarat's goldrush era. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Take up the option of purchasing a Ballarat Pass and you'll also get to enjoy a 10% saving on entry to 4 of Ballarat's major attractions, 2-day entry to Sovereign Hill, and single entry to Kryal Castle, Ballarat Wildlife Park and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

The Ballarat Pass includes some big added value discounts for entry to Ballarat Ghost Tours, Goldrush Mini Golf, Blood On The Southern Cross, The Tangled Maze, Bird World, Art Gallery of Ballarat and Creswick Woollen Mills.

The Ballarat Pass costs Adults $116, Children 5 to 15 years $63 and a Family (2A 4C) $311.

There's also a 3 attraction ticket available covering discounted entry to Sovereign Hill, Kryal Castle and Ballarat Wildlife Park
A 3-Attraction Ticket costs Adults $105, Children 5 to 15 years $55 and a Family (2A 4C) $279.

Tickets can be purchased through the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall, 225 Sturt Street, Ballarat.

Victoria Melbourne Ballarat History Heritage Gold Goldrush Goldfields Get Out Of Town Escape The City
Former State Premier Sir Henry Bolte stands guard over Ballarat's Gold Museum, an incredible collection of gold and goldfields artifacts. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Ballarat really is living history and a place that every Australian should visit at least once in their lives. As well as being educational a tour of Ballarat's many attractions is also a lot of fun.

Ballarat is 115 Kilometres northwest of Melbourne, about a 90-minute drive via the M1 and National Highway M8.

Alternatively, VLine operate regular fast rail services between Melbourne (Spencer Street) and Ballarat.

Victoria Melbourne Ballarat History Heritage Gold Goldrush Goldfields Get Out Of Town Escape The City
Ballarat's imposing Town Hall bears testament to the incredible wealth generated here in the 1850's and 60's in the greatest goldrush the world has ever seen. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank

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Why? Ballarat really is living history and a place that every Australian should visit at least once. As well as being educational a tour of Ballarat's many attractions is also a lot of fun.
When: Saturday and Sunday 26th & 27th May
Phone: (03) 5320 5500
Where: Various venues across Ballarat
Cost: Many activities and events are free. The Ballarat Pass costs Adults $116, Children 5 to 15 years $63 and a Family (2A 4C) $311. A 3 attraction ticket costs Adults $105, Children 5 to 15 years $55 and a Family (2A 4C) $279.
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Itís not called the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, itís returned to its original name of the Eureka Centre.
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