Life in Ballarat
Life in Ballarat
Welcome to Ballarat. We know you are going to love living in Ballarat and have a great time if you are passing through.
Is Ballarat a good place to live?
Yes, Ballarat is a great place to live or visit. Below our guide to Ballarat will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.
Visas required to live in Ballarat
If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Ballarat, you are going to need a visa to do so. Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Ballarat. Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.
If you are moving to Ballarat and want to find a job in Ballarat we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Ballarat for new arrivals. Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.
Map of Ballarat
Weather in Ballarat
Ballarat is a city in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. At the 2021 Census, Ballarat had a population of 113,763, making it the third largest city in Victoria.
Within months of Victoria separating from the colony of New South Wales in 1851, gold was discovered near Ballarat, sparking the Victorian gold rush. Ballarat subsequently became a thriving boomtown that for a time rivalled Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, in terms of wealth and cultural influence. In 1854, following a period of civil disobedience in Ballarat over gold licenses, local miners launched an armed uprising against government forces. Known as the Eureka Rebellion, it led to the introduction of male suffrage in Australia, and as such is interpreted as the origin of Australian democracy. The rebellion’s symbol, the Eureka Flag, has become a national symbol. It was on display at Ballarat’s Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) from 2013 until MADE closed in 2018.
Proclaimed a city in 1871, Ballarat’s prosperity, unlike that of many other gold boomtowns, continued until the late 19th century, as the city’s fields experienced sustained high gold yields for many decades. By the turn of the century, Ballarat’s importance relative to Melbourne rapidly faded with the slowing of gold extraction. It has endured as a major regional centre and is the commercial capital and largest city of the Central Highlands, as well as a significant tourist destination. Ballarat is known for its history, culture and well-preserved colonial-era heritage, with much of the city subject to heritage overlays.
Hotels and Accommodation in Ballarat
There are all types of accommodation available in Ballarat. The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save Bookdirectandsave.com
This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and booking.com but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.
Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.
Ballarat is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.
Accountants in Ballarat
Banks in Ballarat
Cafes in Ballarat
Carpet Cleaners in Ballarat
Dentists in Ballarat
Doctors and Medical clinics in Ballarat
You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.
Contact one of the Ballarat Electricians below
Hospitals in Ballarat
Mechanics in Ballarat
Newspapers in Ballarat
Pest Control in Ballarat
Plumbers in Ballarat
Real Estate Agents in Ballarat
Restaurants in Ballarat
Schools in Ballarat
Solicitors in Ballarat
Supermarkets in Ballarat
Vets in Ballarat
For all information on living in towns and cities across Australia visit our Living in Australia index page where you will find 160 guides on areas right across the country.
To live and work in Australia you might be eligible for an Australian Work Visa or a Permanent Residency visa as a skilled worker. Find out more and move to Australia to live and work and start you new life.