First settled in 1838 and developed rapidly upon the discovery of alluvial gold deposits. Ballarat is now Victoria's largest inland city. It has become a bustling hub for the arts and local producers, set against its historic backdrop. Set off on one of the three heritage walking trails in the heart of the city to journey through the historic architecture, take a step back in time, and immerse yourself in the gold rush era at Sovereign Hill. You can wander along the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia's oldest regional art gallery, explore the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, or visit the Ballarat Wildlife Park for up-close interactions with Australian native animals. In the evening, visit one of the city's fine wine, whisky, or cocktail bars.