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About Ballarat 

Ballarat is just 75 minutes drive west of Melbourne and is one of Australia's fastest growing inland cities.   

The city is a melting pot of art, culture and food. It has a rich history, particularly related to the gold rush of the 1850s, and has preserved many of its historic buildings and landmarks.   

Students choose to live and study in Ballarat to enjoy the small city life- from beautiful parks and nature to markets, festivals, live music and museums.   

A snapshot of Ballarat

Major education providers

Federation University, Federation TAFE, Australian Catholic University - Ballarat Campus and the University of Melbourne’s Ballarat Rural Clinical School 


Over 117,000

A cultural hub

Home to a rich arts, events and dining scene with a fascinating gold-rush history 

AIME 2020 Uncover Melbourne Tours; Sovereign Hill; Ballarat; business event; business; event

Sovereign Hill - living museum, Ballarat. 

In Ballarat, you can study at the Mt Helen campus of Federation University Australia, which offers a world-class education in a country setting. Federation University offers higher education, TAFE, secondary schooling and research opportunities.   

The key industry sectors in Ballarat include health services, education, advanced manufacturing and visitor services. 


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