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Goldfields History & Heritage
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.