There's something for the whole family in Central Highlands. Large regional cities and small towns allow visitors to enjoy regional Victoria. Spoil yourself at one of the many day spas in the area or step back in time and try your luck digging for gold at Sovereign Hill.


Go to the Kooyoora State Park for hiking on and in between large boulders. Or visit botanic gardens in city centres that are full of colour. For the thrill seekers, walk or ride the 200-kilometre Goldfields Track connecting Ballarat and Bendigo.

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Sovereign Hill

See what life was like during Australia's great 1850s gold rush. Dress in the clothes they wore and venture through houses that people would've lived in. Be sure to check out the sweet shops for the famous raspberry drops - a local favourite!

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Throughout the year this area has a full calibre of events and markets to celebrate the many celebrations throughout the year. These include music, art and culture with a strong connection to the history of the area including indigenous and the gold rush.

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Food and wine

Enjoy the regions wine and produce at one of the many festivals held throughout the year. Or, head to an array of wine regions in the Central Highlands including Bendigo, Heathcote, Ballarat and Pyrenees.

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Art & Heritage

Visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the oldest and largest regional gallery in Australia. The Bendigo Art Gallery also features renowned exhibits including fashion, indigenous artists and contemporary works.

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Check out one of the regions weekend markets to get fresh produce, flowers and handmade products. These vary throughout the year but visitors and locals are bound to find something special and unique!

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One of the things that makes this regions most well known is it's spa retreats. Visit one or many bathhouses and day spas for a range of treatments and therapies as well as natural springs. Make a weekend of it with over-night stays and packages available.

Click here for information on day spas in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

Other links

City of Ballarat Events - event calendar, events and enquiries

Bendigo Region What's On - markets, events, arts and festivals