Ballarat is best known for the world's largest deposit of alluvial gold and its rich history. Take a Heritage walk and view Victorian and Edwardian historic buildings, statues, churches, parks and gardens. Visit Sovereign Hill and relive the historyof the era as you pan for gold. Other Highlights include Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show, two underground mines, the Gold Museum, shops, Arts and crafts at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and steam-driven machinery. Take in a show at Her Majesty's Theatre, visit Ballarat Wildlife Park and view beautiful peppermint gum trees, koalas, kangaroos, emus and other native animals. Stroll or through Ballarat Botanical Gardens that change with every season. Taste fine food and wine at award-winning restaurants, laid-back cafés, country pubs, and nearby wineries. Ballarat is Victoria's largest inland city and is only a one and a half hours drive from Melbourne. Choose Ballarat for your next holiday and be amazed by the beauty and history of the area.
Bendigo is best known for its golden heritage and its wineries specialising in robust reds. Stroll through the city and view gold era architecture, century-old gardens, Alexandra Fountain, the Shamrock Hotel, the magnificent former post office, art galleries and antique stores. Explore the Central Deborah Gold Mine, which is underground. Take a talking tram ride and visit the Chinese Dragon Museum home to the oldest and longest imperial Chinese dragon, Sun Loong. Walk through Rosalind Park with its open-air fernery, cascading waterfall and conservatory. Taste some fine wine at over 30 wineries or attend the Bendigo Wine Festival in April and Bendigo Heritage Uncorked in October. There are plenty of dining options at restaurants and sidewalk cafés. Other things to do are horse riding, hot air ballooning, ice skating or visit the Discover Science & Technology Centre and Regional Art & Exhibitions Gallery. Best of all Bendigo is just under two hours from Melbourne.
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