Patricia Maunder finds a comfortable chair by the fire at an 1860s bed and breakfast.
There's real treasure to be found in the galleries of the goldfields, writes Sam Vincent.
Justine Costigan is among history at a grand hotel, faithfully restored.
Chris Vedelago digs deep in search of tales from the mines and secret drinking haunts underground.
Historic buildings and gardens will open for the city's heritage weekend, Sandy Guy reports.
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".
As darkness falls, David Adams joins a walking tour of a town said to be the country's most haunted.
Susan Gough Henly checks in and gets comfortable at some of the best boutique hotels in country Victoria.
Ballarat, just under 1½ hours' driving time from Melbourne, is a handsome former 19th-century gold-rush city. There's so much history here it virtually oozes from the cracks in the well-maintained footpaths.