Outback Towns


Looking for Gold Rush history in Victoria? Ballarat is your answer

About Ballarat

110kms North-West of Melbourne, Ballarat lies at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Central Western Victoria.

The town came about in 1837 when Scottish squatter Archibald Yuille named his property ‘Ballarat’ - thought to mean "resting place" - which was derived from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal words for the area.

The present spelling ‘Ballarat’ was officially adopted by the City in 1996. The town and surrounding area is now considered home to over 90000 people.

Ballarat wasn’t always so populated though; it was the ‘gold rush’ in Victoria that transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement.

Gold was discovered within the town in August 1851 and news spread quickly. Later in the 1850’s, the town was nicknamed 'The Golden City' as, contrary to many other ‘gold rush’ towns, Ballarat experienced lasting gold production which spanned decades.

Ballarat also has another ‘claim to fame’ as the starting place for the Battle of Eureka Stockade (an organised rebellion of gold miners of Ballarat against British colonial authority) which took place on 3 December 1854, it was the only armed rebellion in Australian history.

The many attractions of Ballarat include; heritage buildings, art galleries, performing arts theatres and the ‘Ex Prisoner of War Memorial’.

The town also boasts sport and recreational facilities as well as many gardens and memorial statues around the town.

There is also a wide range of accommodation in Ballarat including; Caravan & Camping, Hotel/Motel, BnB's as well as resort style accommodation.




  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs