More than one reason to visit Ballarat

A BAD good fun ride
On Sunday May 4 this year, Ballarat, one of Australia’s largest inland cities situated west-northwest of Melbourne, is hosting its biggest annual recreational event, The Ballarat Autumn Day Ride.

The BAD Ride is open for everyone to enter, young and old, with a choice of 50, 75 or 100km routes, as well as a 6km route suited for families. The ride starts in the centre of Ballarat and goes through quiet country roads, a perfect way to discover Ballarat’s beautiful countryside dressed in autumn colours.

The event is organised by Ballarat Bushwalking and Outdoor Club, early bird costs are $15 for adults, and $10 for children/concession.

Besides being surrounded by pristine nature, Ballarat has plenty to offer visitors such as antique stores, art galleries, museums and gardens.

A weekend to relive the past
After a huge influx in population in 1951, due to the discovery of gold, Ballarat was proclaimed a city in 1871. It’s famous for being the site of Australia’s only armed civil uprising, the Eureka Stockade or the Eureka Rebellion, that took place on December 3, 1854. The Ballarat Heritage Weekend, from 10-11 May, gives you a chance to explore this famous and historically significant past through self-guided heritage walks. Many of the grand institutional buildings and historic private homes will also open their doors for strangers to take a sneak peak.

For more information about the Ballarat Heritage Festival, visit www.ballaratheritageweekend.com or phone 03 5320 5819. 

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