Ballarat Attractions

You will be spoiled for choice of things to see and do in the historic and pioneer gold rush town of Ballarat.  If you want to be close to everything, BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields is the ideal place to stay at as we are within walking distance of Ballarat's favourite attraction, Sovereign Hill.  

Experience Sovereign Hill during your holiday at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill is just a few minutes walk from BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields and is a world renowned and much loved Ballarat attraction. This outdoor museum presents the story of Australia’s fabulous gold rush history which is brought to life by costumed characters and over 40 horses.  

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Experience Sovereign Hill during your holiday at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Ballarat Attractions Pass

Enjoy great value in Ballarat with a fantastic 3 or 4 attraction pass to Ballarat's biggest attractions: Sovereign Hill, Kryal Castle and Ballarat Wildlife Park available in child, adult or family versions. The pass also includes discounts to many other Ballarat attractions!

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Visit the Ballarat Wildlife Park over your holiday at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Ballarat Wildlife Park is an award winning park and is home to Patrick, a 30 year old very famous wombat! The selection of animals is truly unique and features animals that can only be described as natural wonders of the world.

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Visit the Kryal Castle during your holiday at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Kryal Castle

O yay O yay! The newly refurbished Kryal Castle has recently reopened after extensive renovations and is for all ages.  Put this Ballarat attraction on your must-do list when staying here at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields.

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Shop at the Ballarat Markets when staying at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Ballarat Markets

There are sensational markets every weekend in Ballarat where you can snap up everything from vintage clothes, memorabilia, antiques, collectables, trash and treasure to local produce.

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VIsit the Ballarat Botanical Gardens during your stay at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

The nearby Ballarat Botanical Gardens are a great place to visit and has 40 hectares divided into three distinct zones which preserves the 'gardenesque' style of this Victorian pleasure garden. Volunteers offer guided tours of this great place too.

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Explore Lake Wendouree during your BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields holiday

Lake Wendouree

The nearby Lake Wendouree is located in the centre of Ballarat and offers a wide range of recreational activities including cycling trails, bird watching, BBQ facilities, excellent picnic areas and so much more.

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Visit the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial during your stay at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial

The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial is a place for a quiet reflection to mourn those 8,600 prisoners and remember loved ones that died in captivity and those who remain buried on foreign shores. Lest we forget.

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See the Arch of Victory on Avenue of Honour when visiting BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Arch of Victory - Avenue of Honour

This is the longest and one of the earliest known memorial tree plantings. Its significant cultural landscape of national importance has been classified by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), the Australian Heritage Commission and by Heritage Australia.

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Visit the Ballarat Gold Museum during your stay at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Ballarat Gold Museum

Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat is told in detail at the Ballarat Gold Museum. This museum offers an award-winning gift shop specialising in the sales of fine giftware, Australian made gold jewellery and even gold nuggets!  Discover the beauty of power and gold here.

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Visit the Tramway Museum during your stay at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Tramway Museum

Visit the Ballarat Tramway Museum and ride an authentic Ballarat tram which ran Ballarat’s public transport until 1971 - some are over 100 years old!  You can also travel 1.3km on the original tracks through the Botanical Gardens of the west side of Lake Wendouree.

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Visit M.A.D.E during your holiday at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

M.A.D.E

Located on the historic site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade is the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E).  This is where stories are told by ordinary men and women, past and present, who have fought for the democratic freedoms we enjoy today.

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Go on the Ballarat Ghost Tours during your BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields holiday

Ballarat Ghost Tours

Ballarat Ghost Tours invites you to spend an evening exploring the dark and ghostly side of Australia’s premier gold rush city. Explore the underground buildings, back alleyways and the old Ballarat Gaol founded in the early 1800s. It's a fun, spooky, and educational night out exploring Ballarat by dark.

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Discover the Australian bird life at Ballarat Bird World during your stay at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Ballarat Bird World

At the nearby Ballarat Bird World, it’s a rare chance for Australian and overseas visitors to see the colours of Australian bird life. This place includes a man-made waterfall extending over 50 metres and over 1km of raised walkways. A great day out for the entire family.

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Explore The Tangled Maze during your BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields stay

The Tangled Maze

The Ballarat Tangled Maze is a fun place for the whole family to enjoy with fabulous outdoor activities including a maze, mini golf, giant chess, naughts and crosses, laser tag and amaz ‘n’ ice.  Café’ meals are available all day also. Take the kids and you'll have a great time getting lost!

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Visit the nearby Observatory and Museum during your stay at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Observatory and Museum

Visit the nearby Ballarat Municipal Observatory Museum and learn about the Cosmos in the 3D Astrotour theatre as well as view plants and stars with modern and historical telescopes. Also on offer are 3D movies, star parties, lectures, night sky viewing and plenty more. Take your family for a fun and educational day out.

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Take a swing at Ballarat Golf Club during your holiday at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields

Ballarat Golf Club

The nearby Ballarat Golf Club has a long and proud history spanning back to 1895 as Australia's oldest continually played course, providing experience for golfers of all levels. The club house is home to awards ranging from 2011-2013. Good luck in getting a hole in one!

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