facts & figures - Ballarat

Population: 101,578 (City of Ballarat shire)
Main towns: Ballarat (main suburbs Wendouree, Buninyoung, Learmonth), nearby are Creswick, Smythesdale and Clunes
Key industries: Manufacturing and tourism
Geographic features: Mount Buninyong, Mount Warrenheip and Lake Wendouree
Climate: Moderate, but prone to bitterly cold winters with light snow falling on local mountains
Best time to visit: Autumn for the annual Begonia Festival and the best weather
Fascinating facts: Home of the Eureka Stockade and Steve Monaghetti, and the location for ABC TV series The Doctor Blake Mysteries