Ballarat

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Located 105km north west of Melbourne which – including the urban areas – has a population of 94,088 (2006 Census) and spans 740 square kilometres. Ballarat is the largest inland centre in Victoria (third in population). Arguably the most significant Victorian ‘boomtown’ (gold being discovered in the 1950’s) with a rich history (notable for the Eureka rebellion).  Ballarat is a scenic location,  with views of the Great Dividing Range and the man-made Lake Wendouree, and features a mixture of Victorian architecture and post war housing on large blocks of land.  Units are popular in the denser central locations and as Ballarat is home to the University of Ballarat, there is also a large student contingent which keeps demand for cheap rental accommodation high.  As well as being one of Melbourne’s rapidly growing population areas, Ballarat also attracts plenty of Tourists. The scenery is attractive and unlike Melbourne, it’s hilly and green with forested areas.  One of Ballarat’s main attractions is Soverign Hill – an open air museum on a 25 hectare sight in Golden Point. Ballarat has a substatial amount of heritage architecture – in the city you’ll find wide avenues and boulevards lined with deciduous trees, abundant park land and 19th century statues and monuments. Bridge street is the main pedestrian shopping mall, however other significant shopping areas include Central square shopping Centre, Norwich Plaza and the City Arcade.  Expect the population of Ballarat to keep expanding, land is cheaper than Melbourne and the area attracts families on lower incomes looking for a more affordable life style with an average population growth of 1700 people per year.


Amenities:

Main Schools –

  • Ballarat high School
  • Ballarat Secondary College
  • Ballarat and Clarendon College
  • Ballarat and Queens Anglican Grammar School’
  • Australian Catholic University
  • University of Ballarat

Transport – Ballarat Train Station (which connects to Melbourne – journey is 64 minutes) & Wendouree railway station. Ballarat also has a small city airport North-West of the CBD (It is forecast that by 2012–15 regular domestic passenger services using 40–50 seat commuter aircraft may feasibly commence. – wikipedia)

Shopping – Shopping malls include Central Square Shopping Centre, Norwich Plaza, and the City Arcade – The CBD is centred around Sturt Street, Lydiard st and Bridge Street (which is the main pedestrian shopping area)


House Styles:

A mixture of Victorian architecture and post war housing on large blocks of land features in most established areas. New housing dominates in the growth areas on the outskirts of the urban boundary, units and villas are more common in the central locations, however they make up only a small proportion of the over all stock. (There is a fairly high proportion of government housing in Ballarat.)


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