Grand heritage ... Queen Victoria watches over Ballarat Town Hall.

Rich pickings

There's real treasure to be found in the galleries of the goldfields, writes Sam Vincent.

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Close encounter ... (left and right) the climb into Bendigo's Central Deborah Gold Mine is not for claustrophobes.

Tunnel vision

Chris Vedelago digs deep in search of tales from the mines and secret drinking haunts underground.

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For old times' sake

Historic buildings and gardens will open for the city's heritage weekend, Sandy Guy reports.

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Gardens defy dry

In 1943, the American cartoonist Robert Ripley of Ripley's Believe it or Not fame dubbed Ballarat's Old Curiosity Shop "the queerest house in Australia".

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In step with the doomed

As darkness falls, David Adams joins a walking tour of a town said to be the country's most haunted.

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