Enter Sturt St and drive up the hill to the west.
The first set of traffic lights is the Lydiard St. intersection.
Continue driving westward.
Continue driving through the Pleasant St intersection.
Note the Titanic Bandstand on the right, one of only
two memorials in Australia to the Bandsmen of the ill-fated Titanic.
At the intersection you will be able to glimpse, to
your left and right, some of Australia’s finest architectural heritage.
On your left is the Town Hall, dating back to 1867 and
built of locally quarried bluestone.
Further examples of this fine bluestone can be seen in
St Patrick’s Cathedral (1857-1891) on your left as you reach the
intersection of Sturt and Dawson St. The church to your right is St
Andrews Kirk (1864)
Sturt St is a wide and elegant street, divided by
beautiful tree-lined gardens. As you follow these garden reserves you will
notice some of the many fine statues which are a feature of our gardens
As you cross the Drummond St intersection you will see
the Ballarat Base Hospital to your right.
The streetscape begins to change as you move further
west and leave the commercial heart of the city behind. As the road
narrows slightly at Pleasant St., private homes become a prevalent
feature. At the turn of the century this area was considered a prestigious
address and the fine homes in the street, some of which have become
private schools, are testament to this.
|Moving westward along Sturt St
For those who are interested continuing straight ahead will bring you
to the Arch of Victory
Prepare to turn right at Hamilton Avenue.
Victoria Park, on your left, is 132 hectares of
recreation space. The Park was used as a U.S. Army camp during the Second
The Arch of Victory is the gateway to the Avenue of
Honour. The avenue of four thousand trees is 22 kilometres long, the
longest such Avenue in Australia. The Memorial Wall to the south of the
Arch of Victory records the names and the tree numbers of the service men
and women honoured in the Avenue (Please return to Hamilton Avenue).
The turn-off to Lake Wendouree is on your right, at
Hamilton Avenue. This street will also take you to the Botanical Gardens.
As you turn down Hamilton Avenue you will pass Loreto
College (1899-1902). Originally a convent, it is currently a girls
Continue through the roundabout and follow Wendouree
Parade on the west shore of Lake Wendouree.
The Olympic Rings
The names of Ballarat Olympians are recorded in granite
inlays on radiating paths from the rings. Note the fountain, evocative of
the flame, which is particularly attractive at night.
The Olympic Rings (1956 Olympics, rowing and canoeing
were held in Ballarat) mark the end of the rowing course.
The garden reserve to your left is the Flowering Cherry
Tree garden and the site of the Prisoner of War memorial.
Set back among the trees you will see the Tramway
Museum. Trams operated in Ballarat until 1971. Today you can enjoy a ride
on vintage trams on weekends, public and school holidays.
The ride covers 1.3 kilometres of original track along
the Lake foreshore.
The Botanical Gardens (1858). There are 40 hectares of
trees, shrubs and seasonal garden displays. Free guided tours of the
Gardens depart from the Conservatory at 2pm on the second Sunday of the
Some of the many features of these gardens include:
§ The Statuary Pavilion (1888), which houses
‘The Flight from Pompeii’,
§ The Prime Ministers Avenue,
§ The Conservatory, open daily from 9am-5pm,
§ Adam Lindsay Gordon Cottage, which features
local art and crafts.
§ The Gardens and the Lake foreshore are the
focal point of Ballarat’s annual Begonia Festival, held in the first
week of March.
Continue driving around Wendouree Parade (Speed Limit is 50kph)
Continue driving through the Forrest St roundabout until you come to
To your right is Fairyland. The shelter from the trees
and the islands just offshore make this a popular spot for picnics. Paths
winding through this area lead you to protected areas where there is an
abundance of bird-life. There are several interpretation signs which
describe some of the recorded 166 species of birds found on the Lake.
The area you are passing to the left of Fairyland is
now reclaimed as a wetland, a major initiative in our preservation of
native wildlife. All birds have right of way so please drive carefully.
Un-powered water sports and fishing are popular uses of the Lake.
Approximately 6000 brown trout and 7000 rainbow trout are released into
the Lake annually.
The Lake foreshore is the site for Springfest, an annual event held in
November, showcasing local art, craft and wineries.
|Turn right when you reach the Haddon St
intersection and drive south towards the Macarthur St roundabout
Turn left at Macarthur St roundabout. Continue along Macarthur St
On your left you will pass the Ballarat Old Cemetery
(1853). Soldiers and miners who fought and died at the Eureka Stockade in
1854 lie here. There are also about 1000 Chinese graves.
The Ballarat Cemetery Trust provides a grave location
touch screen database just near the main gates of the cemetery.
Continue east along Macarthur St to the roundabout at
Lydiard St. Turn Right (south)
This will bring you to the Ballarat Railway station. If
the historic swing gates are closed please turn right and follow the
detour signs till you are back in Lydiard St.
Ballarat Railway Station was built in 1862. The rail
link and station encouraged traders and hotel operators to build in this
area. Note the bluestone buildings and beautiful lace-work verandahs as
you continue down Lydiard St, one of the most intact and best-preserved
heritage precincts in Australia.
On your left is the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, the
first provincial art gallery in Australia. The Gallery is the proud keeper
of the original Eureka Flag and features an extensive collection of
Australian Art, including pieces from the Lindsay family.
Turn left at the traffic lights (east) into Sturt St
and continue along this street, driving down the hill and following the
road around the Bridge Mall and up Bakery Hill.
Continue straight through the roundabout and into Victoria St.
|To the left, in Camp Street are the University of Ballarat’s Visual and Performing
Arts faculty and the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.
The shopping precinct of Bridge Mall is at the bottom of the hill.
Bakery Hill was a meeting place for angry miners who gathered here to
voice their grievances against the Government. It was here that gold
licenses were burnt and Peter Lalor led the miners in a vow to defend
their rights and liberties before marching behind the Southern cross to
the Eureka stockade.
|Continue travelling East along Victoria St to
Victoria St is another of Ballarat’s fine
streetscapes. It leads to the Western Freeway and to Melbourne.
|Turn right and continue south.
Access to the Eureka Stockade centre involves a right hand turn at
Eureka St and a further right hand turn at Rodier St.
Ballarat was first settled by Europeans in 1838 and is
now Victoria’s largest inland city with a population of approximately
83,000. It is the site of the only civil uprising in Australia, the Eureka
uprising, a brief but bloody battle, which took place between miners and
This area is considered to be the site of the Eureka
Battle, which was fought on the on 3rd December 1854. The
Eureka Stockade Monument on the corner of Stawell and Eureka St was
erected in 1884.
Further to the west you will see the Eureka Stockade centre opened in
1998, an interpretive Museum of the Eureka story.
At the intersection of Stawell and Eureka St please
turn left and travel east along Eureka St until you come to the Fussell St
roundabout. Make a right hand turn and follow Fussell St until you come to
the Wildlife Park.
|The award winning Wildlife Park, operated by
the renowned Greg Parker is open daily from 9am –5pm.
Continue South along Fussell St until you are at the
York St intersection. Turn right and travel west approximately 2km until
Main Rd. Turn left and travel south down Main Rd until
you reach the roundabout at Bradshaw St. Turn right to find the entrance
of Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum or complete a U turn and drive back
towards the central business district.
Sovereign Hill Historical Park. Australia’s biggest
outdoor museum is open daily from 10am-5pm.
Blood On the Southern Cross runs twice nightly here.
This unique sound & light show, recreates the drama of the historic
Battle using today’s modern technology. Bookings are
essential and can be made in the foyer of the reception building of
The Gold Museum houses a collection of gold from all
over the world as well as details of gold detection and discovery in the
Ballarat area. The Museum features an exhibition which retells the story
of the local aboriginal people, the Watha Wurrung, and is host to various
travelling exhibitions from all over Australia.
Returning North along Main Rd to the Eureka St. round
about. Turn to the right and move eastward.
To return to the central business district. Return to
the Eureka St roundabout, drive straight through to the next roundabout,
continue in this westerly direction until you reach the roundabout on the
corner of Dana and Albert St. Turn right to find the Visitor Information
The modern buildings to the right of the Grenville St
roundabout are the Ballarat Law Courts and Police Station.
This is the end of the ‘Driving Ballarat’ tour. We
hope you enjoyed the experience.
For more information regarding Ballarat's attractions
please call into the Visitor Information Centre, 43 Lydiard St North which is open daily from