Ringed by restaurants, stylish cafes, live music venues and colourful pubs, Lake Wendouree is the social hub of Ballarat - the perfect place to wind down after a day absorbing the history of a city where the spirit of Eureka was born.
And Ballarat - epicentre of the 1850s Victorian gold rush and scene of Australia’s only civil uprising when a group of miners rallied beneath the Eureka Flag to shed blood for the cause of the common man - is certainly steeped in history.
At the peak of the gold rush Ballarat was acknowledged as one of the most affluent cities in the world and that heritage lives on in some magnificent and historic buildings, while the history of the source of that wealth is dramatically recorded in the faithful recreation of the lives and times of the miners at Sovereign Hill.
The saga of the Eureka Stockade is captured by Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show. The miners' standard, the Eureka Flag - originally known as the Southern Cross Flag - is still recognised today as an emblem of protest against perceived authoritarianism.