Kryal Castel near Ballarat a major tourist attraction
Lake Wendouree at sunset in Ballarat
Sovereign Hill in Ballarat
The majestic Botanical Gardens in Ballarat
Historical building in Ballarat
The Arch of Honour in Ballarat

Ballarat is Victoria's third largest city, located just over an hour by road or rail west of Melbourne and is Victoria’s largest inland city. Ballarat has a colourful history and is mostly known for its gold. Gold prospecting still draws tourists and gold seekers.

The City of Ballarat local government area encompasses both the Greater Ballarat urban area and outlying towns with an area of 740 square kilometres (290 sq mi) and has an urban area population of 93,501.[6] Ballarat is its most populous urban centre, seat of local government and administrative centre.

It was named by Scottish squatter Archibald Yuille who established the first settlement—his sheep run called Ballaarat—in 1837, with the name derived from local Wathaurong Aboriginal words for the area, balla arat, thought to mean "resting place". The present spelling was officially adopted by the City of Ballarat in 1996.

Notable buildings include Ballarat's Town Hall (built between 1870 and 1872), Her Majesty's Theatre (1875) and Craig's Hotel which was built in several stages between 1853 and 1891. Tourists love to visit the Eureka Stockade Centre or The Gold Museum or take a journey to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.

Ballarat's Sovereign Hill is another major tourist attraction where history is recreated depecting the historical "Eureka Stockade". Another popular tourist destination in Ballarat is Lake Wendouree, a man-made lake covering 200 hectares, located a couple of kilometres west of the town centre. The lake hosted rowing events during the 1956 Olympic Games.

Things to do in Ballarat

The Arch of Honour in Ballarat * Sovereign Hill
* Art Gallery Ballarat
* Art Gallery Ballarat
* Lake Wendouree
* Ballarat Wildlife Park
* Arch of Victory
* The Gold Museum
* Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
* Kryal Castle
* St Patrick's Cathedral
Kryal Castle

Kryal Castle is a replica medieval castle located eight kilometres east of Ballarat, Australia, at Leigh Creek, just north of Dunnstown, in the foothills of Mount Warrenheip. The castle's name derives from the first initial and surname of its builder, Keith Ryall, who had made his fortune selling body armour. Construction began in 1972, and the attraction was opened to the public in 1974.

Kryal Castle a popular tourist attraction in Ballarat The castle features a moat and drawbridge, a maze, castle towers, stocks, a medical museum and an armoury. There were also shows involving jousting, public whippings, a jester, juggler and fire eating, as well as a "Wax Of Torture" museum. The castle also provided accommodation and hosted weddings.

In 2007 the property was listed for sale with an asking price of $10 million, but failed to find a buyer. There was interest from some parties in turning it into a medieval-style brothel. After having been on the market for several years, it was sold in January 2011 to Jay Finch and Wendy Alexander, who intended to continue it as a hotel and theme park. However, in August 2011 ownership of the property was returned to Keith Ryall after the Finch family was unable to complete payment for it.

Kryal Castle a popular tourist attraction in Ballarat In January 2012, Kryal Castle was acquired by Castle Tourism & Entertainment Pty Ltd. It closed for a major renovation and upgrade, reopening in 2013, having been developed into a multi-use venue, offering daytime and night-time tourism, and entertainment experiences. There are Castle Suites with four-star accommodation, as well as function, wedding and conferencing facilities. Medieval adventure, fantasy and theme park concepts have been developed. The medieval sport of jousting has been reintroduced along with sound and light attractions.