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Ballarat Heritage Ride

Distance: 9.86 km
Elevation gain: 144 m
Ride Type: Road 
Start: Ballarat Station

Admire some of Ballarat’s most significant historical sites and heritage buildings. Delight in the charming streetscapes and buildings with their iconic facades, and soak up a city that is built on gold. The entire ride is approximately 9km in length. Check out the map below and stop off at the heritage highlights along the way. 

Ballarat Heritage Ride

WHERE CYCLING AND HERITAGE MEET

Admire some of Ballarat’s most significant historical sites and heritage buildings. Delight in the charming streetscapes and buildings with their iconic facades, and soak up a city that is built on gold.

Itinerary

A. BALLARAT STATION

Start here!

Ballarat railway station opened on 11 April 1862. The station building is of architectural and historical significance to Ballarat as most of its original 19th-century features are unchanged and intact.

B. WELCOME NUGGET SITE

A golden piece of Ballarat Heritage

The Welcome Nugget is the second largest nugget of gold ever found in Victoria, weighing approximately 69kg. It was found in June 1858 in the Red Hill mine.

C. THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP

Take a peek into Ballarat’s curious heritage

The house was built by James and Caroline Warwick, the build was started in 1855, but was only opened to the public in 1895 as it took 40 years before it was complete.

D. EUREKA CENTRE

Home of the Eureka Flag

The Eureka Flag is housed on the historic site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade and is surrounded by the scenic Eureka Stockade Memorial Gardens. There is also a cafe on site for a mid cycle stop off.

E. MONTROSE COTTAGE

Bluestone heritage in Ballarat

The Montrose cottage is a bluestone and brick cottage built circa 1856 by Scottish-born stonemason John Alexander.

F. ENTRANCE TO SOVEREIGN HILL

Panning for gold

Sovereign Hill is a museum which has recreated Ballarat during first ten years after the discovery of gold there in 1851.

G. BALLARAT TOWN HALL

Ringing with excitement

The Ballarat Town Hall was constructed in 1870 and designed by Architects J J Lorenz and H R Caselli. The building has a dome roofed clock tower, which has a peal of bellsand is extremely unique as it is believed to be one of a few in the world with a peal of bells.

H. BALLARAT STATION

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