Population: 72,766 *
Dialing Code: 03 (+61 3 from overseas)
Time Zone: AEST - Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10), AEDT - Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC+11)
Current Time: 21/05/2013 03:19:01 am
* Source for population data: 2001 census figures
The city of Ballarat lies just over 100km north-west of Melbourne and is the largest inland city in the state of Victoria. It was founded in 1838 and expanded greatly in 1850 when gold was found in the surrounding area - so much so that for a time it was Victoria's largest city.
In 1854 Ballarat was the location for Australia's only civil uprising, the "Eureka Stockade", when gold miners revolted against officials in opposition of unfair treatment and extortion.
Today Ballarat, now a university town, has a thriving industry based mainly on tourism, engineering, building, manufacturing automotive parts and information technology.