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Ballarat is an inland city in the Australian state Victoria. It has a population of about 85,000 people. 110 kilometers northwest of the city is Melbourne. Going here should take a 90-minute car drive. To its south is Geelong.

Perhaps no other city in Australia can compare with the significant number of historic monuments and structures of this city. After all, it is known as a city rich in cultural and historical heritage. The earliest sign of city life here is in 1851, when miners came to populate the city with the discovery of gold. This also boosted the economy of the city. Also, gold made possible the only armed civil rebellion in Australia, which came to be known as the Eureka Rebellion. Being a momentous point in its history, Ballarat celebrates this famous event from November to December.

Bulk of the tourist attractions in Ballarat are historical structures and avenues. One is the Sturt Street, a 2-kilometer garden filled with statues, memorials, and fountains. Another famous avenue is the Avenues of Honor, a 15-kilometer boulevard with 4, 000 trees. Each of these trees is named after local soldiers who fought in WWI.
There are also many memorials and monuments dedicated to the revered people in the region. Some of these memorials were offered for the first discoverers of the city, the bandsmen of a sunken ship, and war heroes. A known war memorial is the Victory Arch, visible because of its huge size.

Aside from these historical landmarks are the gardens and parks in the city. The Ballarat Botanical Gardens tops the list, as this is world famous for its many rare plan species. Another is the Lake Wendouree, where recreational and outdoor activities can be done. For wildlife enthusiasts, a visit to the Ballarat Wildlife Park will give a glimpse of the local and rare reptile species.

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