With 65 000 people, Ballarat is currently Australias largest inland city, in Wathaurong country. Ballarat is located 86 kilometres, 53.8 miles, north of Geelong, and 111 kilometres, 69.4 miles, west northwest from Melbourne. Ballarat, like Bendigo, was created on the seat of the gold rush.
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery has developed a reputation as Australias largest and arguably best provincial art institution. More than 6000 works chart the course of Australian art from colonial to contemporary times. The gallerys star exhibit is the original Eureka Flag, which has since come to symbolize the basic democratic ideals that are so much a part of modern Australian society.
Ballarats Botanical Gardens found along the shore of Lake Wendouree are filled with statues, lush green lawns and exotic plants created simply for the aesthetics. One of the Gardens features is The Avenue of Prime Ministers, with every Australian prime minister to date, stretching off into the distance. In the Statuary Pavilion, female biblical figures in provocative poses surround a splendid centerpiece, Flight from Pompeii.