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Ballarat - photos

Lydiard Street North photo
Lydiard Street South photo
Lydiard Street South photo
Lydiard Street North photo
Union Bank Building photo
Mining Exchange photo
University of Ballarat Post Office Building photo
Building in Ballarat photo
St Pet'ers Anglican photo
Clarendon College Ballarat photo
Loreto College photo
St Patrick’s Cathedral photo
Loreto College photo
Arch of Victory Ballarat photo
Arch of Victory Ballarat photo
Ballarat Homes photo
Sovereign Hill Lookout photo
Sovereign Hill Vew photo
Lake Wendouree photo
Loreto College Garden photo
    

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About Ballarat

Ballarat is the third biggest city and biggest inland city of the Australian state of Victoria. The city is located near the Great Dividing Range, about one hour by train or car to Melbourne.

The city was originally a sheep station, but in the 1850s, news that one of the richest gold fields in the world had been discovered led to a gold rush that attracted over 100,000 people by 1855. To keep pace, many fine oppulant buildings sprung up which were financed by the wealth generated from the gold.

The boom times lasted even after the gold ran out, until the turn of the century when the city was no longer growing. While there was a shrinkage of population during World War 1, the population has otherwise grown and today's growth matches the national average. While gold has since dissapeared, today the city is a significant tourist destination due to its Victorian era architecture and history.

Ballarat sits at an elevation of 435 metres/1,427 feet above sea level, so temperatures tend to be about 3 or 4 degrees Celsius cooler than Melbourne.

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Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)


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