From the late 1860s to the early 20th century, Ballarat made a successful transition from a gold rush town to an industrial-age city.
It is the commercial capital of the Central Highlands and its largest city, as well a significant tourist destination
In 1956, Ballarat hosted the rowing and kayaking events from the Summer Olympics, and now attracts around 2.2 million visitors a year, with many tourists visiting Sovereign Hill, which opened in 1970, and the longest running lyric theatre building, Her Majesty’s Theatre, which was established 1875.
Other attractions include the official Prime Ministers Avenue, the Avenue of Honour, Kryal Castle, the Eureka Centre, The Gold Museum, Ballarat Botanical gardens, Lake Wendouree, the Museum of Australian Democracy the Ballarat Tramway Museum, Ballarat Ghost Tours and Ballarat Wildlife Park.
The Ballarat region has a rapidly growing renewable energy industry, with the largest wind farm being Waubra Wind Farm. It is capable of producing enough electricity to power a city 3 to 4 times the size of Ballarat.
Other wind farms around the region include Mount Mercer, Chepstowe, the Hepburn Wind Project at Leonards Hill, Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, Moorabool Wind Project at Mount Egerton and Ballan and the Lal Lal Wind Farm.
Ballarat is Victoria’s fastest growing regional city, whether it’s in health, education, retail, tourism, construction, freight, logistics, mining technology or food processing, now is the time to ‘discover the city built by Gold’.