This town was the epicentre of Victorias ‘Gold Rush’ from 1851 to 1854 with gold still being taken from the region today. The highly awarded ‘Sovereign Hill’ and ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ show portrays the events of the gold rush superbly. Ballarat is also widely acclaimed for its Botanical gardens, architecture and Gold museum.


This was once a very sleepy town at the southern end of the Grampians National Park. It is now a destination in itself. When the Royal Mail Hotel was redeveloped into a modern hotel with a superb restaurant everyone wanted to experience it. After being awarded country restaurant of the year twice  and receiving numerous ‘Chefs Hats’ it is still inspiring people to venture out west.