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Ballarat has a population of approximately 95,007 (Census SA2 2011, ABS) and is in the Ballarat City Council area.

Key industries and employers

Retail trade

Health and community services



Property and business services

Map of Victoria indicating the location of Ballarat
An electronics worker inspects cables in a plant

Finding a job in Ballarat



About Ballarat

A park in the centre of Ballarat

Average temperatures

Season Average maximum Average minimum
Summer 24.9°C 12.1°C
Winter 9.2°C 3.2°C

Average travel time to Melbourne (110km)

Transport Time
Car 1 hr 20 mins
1 hr 20 mins
1 hr 40 mins

Housing costs

Median cost
Purchase Rental per week
House $315,000
(Sept 2015)
(June 2015)
(May 2014)
(June 2015)

Source: Purchase prices - Rental prices - Department of Health & Human Services Rental Report

To find a local real estate agent, visit the REIV agent directory

For information about local hotels, motels and caravan parks, visit

Cultural groups

Migrants from Languages spoken
England (2.2%) Italian (0.4%)
India (1.2%) Cantonese (0.4%)
New Zealand (0.9%)
Malayalam (0.4%)
China (0.5%) Mandarin (0.3%)
Scotland (0.5%)
Punjabi (0.3%)
Source: Census SA2 2011, ABS


Schools Health care
7 primary schools
Ballarat Health Services
2 secondary schools
St John of God Hospital
3 university or TAFE campuses

Find a school at the Department of Education and Early Childhood development website or find out more about education and childcare in Victoria. Visit the Victorian Better Health Channel's health services directory for more health care information and services.

Sport and recreation

For more information about sport and recreation in Ballarat, please visit the Ballarat City Council website

Places of worship

For more information about where you can practice your faith, visit your religion's Australian website. Select 'pages from Australia' if searching for your religion in Google

Ballarat attractions

  • Pan for gold at Sovereign Hill, where the life and times of a gold-rush mining settlement has been recreated
  • Walk the Eureka trail, from Camp Street to the site of the Eureka Stockade
  • Explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens and Lake Wendouree
  • Ballarat Begonia Festival (March)
  • Eureka Week (December)

Mukul Hatwal's Story

Mukul Hatwal's story

Manager, Planning and Development
Immigrated from India

"I like challenges so decided to find a place my wife would enjoy, that could benefit my career and give my son more certainty for his future..."

Read Mukul's story