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Unlike most metropolitan cities, Ballarat offers affordable housing options. Whether you are looking for a grand period home on a historic tree-lined street, a block of land to build your dream home, or an inner-city apartment - Ballarat has it all.

In 2019, the median house price in Ballarat increased to $395,000, representing an 11.3% increase from 2018 (Source: DELWP, March 2020). In comparison, Ballarat continues to be the affordable alternative to the City of Greater Geelong ($565,000) and metropolitan Melbourne ($793,000).

The Ballarat West Growth Area is the heart of new residential development to the west of the CBD. The Ballarat West Growth Area comprises 1,717ha of greenfield land and will cater primarily for residential growth with around 18,000 new homes to accommodate a population of over 40,000 residents.


Ballarat boasts some of the state’s leading educational institutions, with families relocating to the city for the academic and sporting programs being offered at high performing secondary education providers.

Ballarat is also home to two national universities, Federation University Australia and Australian Catholic University with several campuses across the municipality. In addition, several other universities also host courses and placement opportunities for students through a number of the city’s health service providers.


Ballarat is an active city, boasting more than 100 recreation and sporting facilities, including a number of major stadiums, pavilions, fields, pools, courts and community venues. Large sporting facilities host state and national level competition games across AFL, football, rugby union and basketball.

There is over 2,000ha of open space, with 18 major parks including the renowned Ballarat Botanical Gardens and 149 neighbourhood parks. In excess of 50km of tracks and trails including the southern section of the Goldfields Track; and three major lakes including the iconic Lake Wendouree.

Cyclists are also well catered for with many significant national cycling and community events, including the annual Cycling Australia Road National Championships and the Ballarat Cycle Classic. These major events, which are based around Ballarat and Buninyong, have brought international recognition to our community.


Lake Wendouree Mars Stadium

The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, prese​nt and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

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