Sculpture Spotting in Ballarat

On our way to the Grampians from Melbourne for ANZAC weekend, we decided to take a slight detour and spend the morning in Ballarat. Ballarat is a smaller town in Victora known best for its gold rush in the 1850s. It was also the site of the Eureka Rebellion, the only armed civil uprising in Australian history. There is an interactive Eureka Centre dedicated to education of the rebellion.

We were looking for a chance to stretch our legs and find some lunch so we decided to skip the big sites (Soverign Hill and the Eureka Centre) and headed for the Sturt Street Statue Heritage Walking Trail instead. Depending on which brochure you refer to, it has between 23-27 monuments, is about 1km and takes about 45 minutes to walk. Sturt Street is one of the main streets and in addition to the monuments there are a number of cafes and restaurants.

Since we were there over ANZAC weekend, there were memorial markers up with poppies around the Eternal Flame WWII monument. The monuments range from fountains, to sculptures, to bandstands and commemorate everything from queens, to war heros, to poets, to mother earth.

In addition to the sculptures there is some interesting architecture lining the street. The building below is described as “A truly striking example of Edwardian Flemish baroque architecture” in the CBD Heritage Walking trail brochure. Unsurprisingly, it goes on to say “of which there are no surving comparative examples in Victoria”… or I would guess in the world.

Ballarat ending up being a more interesting stop than any of us were expecting. If you happen to be driving through I’d recommend stopping for an hour or two to wander around and stretch your legs.

Love, Lee

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~ by loveleeeee on May 29, 2011.

One Response to “Sculpture Spotting in Ballarat”

  1. […] had a great long weekend in the Grampians. There was the side trip Sculpture Spotting in Ballarat, the kangaroos living behind the cottage we rented, the great Seppelt Winery Tour and then there […]

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