From a little-known waterfall to some of Ballarat’s most recognisable attractions, these spectacular images are hugely popular on the @visitballarat Instagram account.
For over 150 years, visitors, Ballarat residents, fisherman and sportspeople have been making the most of Lake Wendouree. It was a venue for the 1956 Olympics rowing, and was also home to the 2014 World Masters Rowing Regatta. The 6 kilometre lakeside track is named after local Olympian Steve Moneghetti, and is just the spot for some serious exercise or a leisurely stroll.
During your stroll snap, some images of the new baby swans or the Lake Wendouree pier.
Bordering the lake, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens precinct features picnic and barbecue facilities, an indigenous playground, cycling trails and plenty of cafes.
While enjoying the gardens, take some images of the stunning flowers in full bloom, or even take a snap of your delicious food from some of the surrounding cafes.
Sovereign Hill brings to life the excitement of Australia’s great 1850s goldrush. There’s real gold to be panned, an underground gold mine, street theatre and the opportunity to meet costumed goldfields characters. See a spectacular $150,000 gold pour and chat with skilled craftsmen at work in the blacksmith’s forge, the candle works, the wheelwright’s plant, the coachbuilder’s and the confectionery factory.
Your photo opportunities are endless at Sovereign Hill. Snap a selfie with the Red Coat soldiers or capture a stunning shot of the Main Street.
The selection of animals is truly unique at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. You 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.
Just like Sovereign Hill, your photo opps are endless. Snap some shots of the roaming kangaroos or take a photo with a cuddly wombat.
Take a picnic lunch on your adventure to the Falls and wander the Lal Lal precinct – it has great information boards on the region’s history and the geography of the Falls area.
The Falls alone make for some amazing imagery. Just ensure you take your photos from the viewing platform!
Less than an hour from Ballarat, the Pyrenees Region is home to award-winning wines and the spectacular untamed ranges that give the region its name.
While in town snap some shots of the vast open ranges and beautiful wineries.
Since 1851, the world’s adventurers, non-conformists and fortune hunters flocked to Ballarat’s goldfields, and along with banks and government officials, many sunk their fortunes into the streetscape. Within 10 years, Ballarat boasted the colony’s finest collection of buildings.
Today, the bluestone and handmade brick structures are still as relevant and treasured as ever. They’ve been reinvented as wine bars and theatres, galleries and bustling cafes, making Ballarat an intriguing mix of old and new.
While wandering the streets take some images of the historic streetscapes and buildings to add to your Instagram feed. Places of particular interest include the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, the Town Hall, The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery, Post Office Gallery, and the Lydiard Street precinct.
Mt Buninyong is an extinct scoria cone volcano located 15 kilometres south-east of Ballarat near the township of Buninyong. The summit of the mountain is 745 metres and can be reached by either road or walking track.
It’s here at the summit that you will find superb views of Buninyong and surrounds.
Mount Mitchell is a stunning historic homestead located in the renowned Pyrenees wine region of Victoria. The property itself was established in 1838 and captures early Victorian rural history.
On open days, its beautiful gardens and significant homestead and outbuildings provide quality Instagram images for your feed.
Situated down Hop Lane, follow the umbrellas and festoon lighting to an elusive laneway delight.
This laneway is one of the most photogenic in Ballarat and is a must-see for all keen photographers out there.
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