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Trash and Trivia
The Trash and Trivia Market at the Ballarat Showgrounds (affectionately known by locals as 'Trash') is Ballarat's large Sunday market.
It sells predominantly secondhand goods, though more and more these days it is expanding into the clothing and new goods line. Much of it is outdoors, but it is so popular that hundreds of locals brave the cold to go there each week in winter anyway. There are also some sheltered sheds containing goods, and two of the Show pavillions are also in use.
It's also a great place to pick up secondhand books, often very cheaply. A really good spot to find unusual items and barter with stallholders to get yourself a bargain.
I highly recommend the great snacks (including Samosas and Pakoras) at the Curry Delight Indian food caravan, which is there each week. At other vans you can also buy fairy floss, hot dogs, chips, or BBQ food, and often there is a Dutch pancake stand in one of the pavilions as well.
Sometimes there are rides (like the jumping castle) for the children.
Entry is a 20c donation which goes to the Rotary Club of Ballarat charity, who run the market. It runs from about 8 am - 1 pm each Sunday. Address: Creswick Road, Ballarat (not far from the railway line) Trash is one of my very fondest memories of Ballarat. I've been going there ever since I was very young, and had a couple of fun turns at having a stall there along with my family when I was much younger.
Cold in Winter....
Good comfortable luggage on wheels. Depends on what you plan to do...
Nightlife - nice clothes...
Hiking and camping - appropriate clothing and footwear.
Ballaraat can get very cold during the Winter.. below freezing... so lots of warm clothing during that time. You can buy everything here, just take any special medications you might be on. Bring your Camera... you can buy film here.
Ballarat Old Cemetery
It's just 3 kms from the centre of the city, but I believe most people just drive past it, and, like me, don't realize how significant the Ballarat Old Cemetery is, especially since it dates right back to before the 1854 Eureka Stockade rebellion.
We volunteers of Ballarat Tourism were, in early 2005, lucky to be taken on a guided tour of the Cemetery by a lady from the Historical Society.
I hadn't thought it would be that interesting, but was fascinated despite myself when I saw some of the more impressive tombstones, learned about the Chinese section of the cemetery, and saw the monument to the Eureka diggers who lost their lives during the Eureka Stockade Battle.
Tours are available from time to time (Especially during Eureka Week in early December) - if interested, you could enquire at the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre they should know who you need to contact.
Otherwise, the cemetery is open during the day and you can take a tour of it yourself.
Just inside the entrance gate, inside a small pavillion, there is a touch screen where you can do a search of anybody who's buried in the cemetery, and find out more information about the Cemetery itself.
The Ballarat Old Cemetery is located at the corner of Macarthur Street and Creswick Road.
Sound and Light Spectacular
This attraction is part of the Sovereign Hill experience, a nightly Sound and Light Show called Blood on the Southern Cross which recreates Ballarat's famous (and Australia's only) Eureka Rebellion of 1854 between trooper police and gold miners. It's a world class, multi million dollar production on a scale never before seen in Australia. The best part (pictured) is where twice a night they 'burn down' (with holographs but it looks so real) Bentley's hotel, right in front of your eyes. The atmosphere is fantastic.
Don't miss it, whatever you do.
For a complete Sovereign Hill experience, you could get a 2 day pass to Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum, visit the park on day 1, take the dinner at Victoria Theatre and Blood on the Southern Cross package in the evening, then spend the night at Sovereign Hill lodge in accommodation of the style of the era.
The sign at the entrance to the Park says "wake up in the 1850's" and that's exactly how they've recreated everything for you to feel.
One of the main features of Ballarat is Sovereign Hill. with gold mining , and living in the 1800s.
We stayed the night which is a must for the simply spectacular "Blood on The Southern Cross" which is on at night. It pays to book immediately for the night show as we only just made the second show, lots of bus tours.
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