Quality Inn Heritage on Lydiard
15 Lydiard Street North
Ballarat, VI 3350
Phone: (61) 03 53272777
Fax: (61) 03 53272778
Arts & Museums
Founded in 1884, Art Gallery of Ballarat is one the important art galleries in town. Apart from the permanent collection, it also hosts events and art shows.
Australia's most famous living museum, this award-winning heritage village brings to life the 1850s gold rush era. Horse-drawn carriages transport passengers through gold diggings along the creek, where miners and excited children pan for 'real' gold. There is a replica Chinese miners camp and a dusty main road complete with traditional hotel and shops selling authentic nineteenth century wares. A highlight is the "Blood on the Southern Cross" show depicting the Eureka Stockade rebellion, a short but bloody battle in which 25 miners died fighting for fairer licensing laws.