Mount Clear College is located in Ballarat, Victoria’s third largest city and is just over an hour by road or rail west of Melbourne.

Ballarat has enjoyed a rich and prosperous heritage thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. Impressive public and private buildings sprung up which were financed from the wealth generated by the diggings. These days, long after the gold has run out, the city retains much of its rich gold heritage in the form of opulent buildings, fountains, and tourist attractions which celebrate the city’s history.

Step back in time to Ballarat’s gold mining days at Sovereign Hill which is a recreated gold township of the 1850s where people can experience life in that era. The Eureka Centre is situated close to the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade Rebellion where miners and officials engaged in a bloody battle over miner’s rights.

An important asset to Ballarat is Lake Wendouree, a man-made lake covering 200 hectares, located a couple of kilometres west of the town centre. The lake hosted rowing events during the 1956 Olympic Games, commemorated by the Olympic Rings monument at the south-western corner of the lake. The lake’s reed beds and islands are an important oasis for bird life. The Botanical Gardens are situated near the western side of the lake and feature a floral conservatory, fernery, lawns and an avenue of bronze busts of all the Australian prime ministers. A vintage electric tramway operates along Wendouree Parade between the Botanical Gardens and lake foreshore.

The following websites provide further information about tourism, shopping, public transport, road rules and pedestrian safety and medical services in Ballarat and Victoria area.