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Nomads Outdoors Group – Ballarat – Historic Areas Walk
The Nomads Outdoors Group
Sunday, 21 June, 2020
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Enjoy a walk around the historic centre of Ballarat taking in some of the colourful history of the Victorian goldfields as well as some of Ballarat’s magnificent parks and gardens. Limit of 20 participants.
GRADE | LENGTH | TYPE: Easy, approximately 11 km circuit walk.
The walk will commence with an exploration of the colourful history of landmark Victorian historical buildings in Lydiard St and this precinct’s links with the gay bushranger – Captain Moonlight, Dame Nellie Melba, Mark Twain, the first Royal Visit to Australia from Prince Alfred in 1867, Ballarat’s role in causing the British Government being obliged to make a huge compensation payment to the USA in 1865 and Ballarat’s connection to the Burke and Wills expedition.
We will then traverse Sturt St observing the polarity of the Queen Victoria statue and the Alfred Bells in the Town Hall, and then further up, the statue of Peter Lalor – the hero of the Eureka Stockade.
We will visit the Old Ballarat Cemetery and the graves of both the Eureka Stockade miners killed in that protest, and the soldiers who fought the miners, from the 12th Regiment Suffolk Battalion, and the 40th (the 2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot.
We will then proceed to lunch time and a circuit of Lake Wendouree including the Australian Prime Ministers Walk and the famous Begonia Glass House.
Walking back towards the Station will give us views of the elegant Victorian grandstands of Ballarat City Oval and the mix of Edwardian and Victorian streetscapes that merge into 1960s and 1970s commercial Ballarat. Afternoon tea, depending on COVID-19 restrictions, can be enjoyed back again in Lydiard St before catching the 3:18pm train.
DISTANCE | TIME FROM GPO: 115 km, approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to drive via the M8 freeway, 1 hour 30 minutes by public transport.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Arrive early enough at Southern Cross Station to check platform arrangements to catch the V/Line Wendouree (Ballarat) service departing at 9:16am, which arrives at 10:44am at Ballarat Station. For the return trip, we will catch the train that departs Ballarat Station at 3:20pm, arriving at Southern Cross at 4:45pm.
FOOD: There is a café at Lake Wendouree that may or may not be open depending on COVID-19 restrictions. Best to BYO lunch or purchase at takeaway shops during our walk.
APPAREL | FOOTWEAR: Comfortable walking boots/shoes and dress according to the weather forecast.
BOOKING: By Thursday 18th June. Click on https://thenomadsinc.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/29634-ballarat-historic-areas-walk Get Tickets to register.
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