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Ballarat is located along the Yarrowee River just over 100 kms from the Victorian capital of Melbourne. The town boomed during Victoria’s gold rush and has continued to thrive well into the 21st century. Unless you’re driving to Ballarat yourself then you’re best served hiring a car through Budget Car Hire to make the most of the historic sites and attractions the region has to offer.

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1040 Howitt Street Ballarat, VIC 3355

For the essential Ballarat experience you can’t go past a day at Sovereign Hill. Located close to where the Ballarat gold rush began in 1851 and at the site of the second biggest gold nugget to be found in the world, Sovereign Hill is an open air museum with a plethora of attractions for the whole family. Why not try your luck panning for gold, exploring the historic buildings or learning about the Eureka Stockade? Whether you’re driving up from Melbourne or from just across town, Sovereign Hill sits on Bradshaw street just south of the CBD.

Any avid aviation buffs will be keen to visit the Ballarat Aviation Museum on a weekend or public holiday. Housing a unique collection of aircraft and war memorabilia dating back to the early twentieth century you can find such relics as the Wirraway, Piper PA22 and Ikara missile. The museum is located at the Ballarat Airport, so for those not flying in it is a short drive west from the centre of town.

If you are thinking about visiting Ballarat then you are part of a growing trend of tourists heading out to Australian country towns to learn about the little communities that helped shape this nation’s history. Consider booking through Skedaddle to gain the best deal on your Budget Car Hire. Budget Car Hire in Ballarat is located on Howitt street, just north of Lake Wendouree.