About Ballarat, Bendigo & The GoldfieldsThe discovery of gold in Victoria's central region over 150 years ago has left a rich and lasting legacy in almost every town in the Goldfields. Tour the impressive Victorian streetscapes of Bendigo & Ballarat with their grand hotels and public buildings or explore the quaint shopfronts and miners' cottages in townships such as Maldon, Castlemaine and Dunolly. Learn about gold rush history at Sovereign Hill, The Eureka Centre and the Central Deborah Gold Mine; all offer a fascinating insight into life above and below ground during the 1850s and 1860s. Take a break from exploring the goldfields at a stylish local cafe or restaurant. These establishments make the most of the fine local produce, and you can sample the local wines, olives, apples and more direct from the farm gate or cellar door. The region also boasts outstanding galleries and gardens. See superb collections of local and European painting at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and Bendigo Art Gallery.