Ballarat Wildlife Park is an award winning Park that is owned and operated by Greg Parker and his family. Founded in February 1985 through a passion for conservation of wildlife and the environment. The Parker family have long realised the value of allowing people and animals to come together in a relaxing, friendly and educational environment. The selection of animals is truly unique and features animals that can only be described as natural wonders of the world! Children can experience close contact with koalas, wombats, kangaroos and even crocodiles. Ballarat Wildlife Park houses a rich collection of native Australian wildlife in 16 hectares of natural bushland. Guided tours run every day at 11 am and animal shows running weekends, school holidays and public holidays from 1.30 pm. Throughout the week they have 'Meet the keeper' running from 1.30 pm. On-site at Ballarat Wildlife Park there is a beautiful coffee shop and also a great souvenir shop. For further information on Ballarat Wildlife Park, contact the friendly staff.
The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill's story of Ballarat - a majestic provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian goldrushes of the 1850s. Discover the beauty and power of gold as you view an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, priceless gold artefacts and gold coins. An impressive glass fronted building with commanding views, The Gold Museum offers an award winning gift shop specialising in the sale of gold nuggets and Australian-made gold jewellery and fine giftware. Located: Opposite Sovereign Hill
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka is Australia's newest museum dedicated to democracy. With its foundations located on the physical site of the Eureka Stockade, and the evocative Eureka Flag from 1854 as its centrepiece, M.A.D.E.'s interactive and immersive state-of-the-art exhibitions explore the evolution and future of democracy, looking at culture, civics, history and citizenship. The role of the 1854 Eureka Stockade in shaping our nation has long been celebrated with local commemorations and memorials. M.A.D.E. presents the story of the Eureka Stockade in the context of the 21st century, and has been curated in collaboration with some of the best Australian and international historians, museum experts and innovative minds. Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka explores many concepts: what it means to be an effective, engaged Australian; how to create a more inclusive and connected society in a digital era; how to thrive as a nation through harnessing creativity and energy; and what to offer to a globalised world. You can stand on the site where young miners bravely stood up for their rights, and contemplate the future roles and directions of Australians. With interactive exhibits, two formal education spaces, a purpose-built display gallery for the Eureka Flag, theatre that can seat up to 120 people, café, gift shop and outdoor precinct, M.A.D.E is perfect for your next family outing, excursion or corporate event.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is Australia's oldest regional gallery with a remarkably comprehensive collection of Australian art. Its busy exhibition schedule makes the Gallery an exciting and dynamic place which presents a range of exhibitions from cutting edge contemporary art to themed shows drawn from the Gallery's extensive collection and special interest blockbuster shows. It is a focus for Ballarat's lively arts scene, situated in the heart of Ballarat's Heritage and Arts central precinct, which boasts great cafes and restaurants, book and antique shops and commercial galleries. The Gallery draws from its magnificent collection of Australian paintings, sculpture, ceramics and works on paper to give visitors the opportunity to walk through the history of Australian art, with important representative works from colonial to contemporary periods displayed in spaces appropriate to their period. iPod tours are available. The heritage-listed Gallery building, one of the oldest purpose-built art galleries in the country, has evolved to accommodate the expanding collection and now includes a range of spaces from grand and elegant 19th century rooms to stunning contemporary additions. The shop stocks works by local artists and craftspeople as well as art books, souvenirs, gifts and toys. The Gallery is fully accessible for people with disabilities. Browse through Art Shop for an excellent range of art and jewellery by local artists and craftspeople as well as a great selection of souvenirs, gifts and toys or relax and sample the great coffee and home-made chocolates in the cafe, Sweet Decadence in the Gallery.