Ballarat and surrounds

Central Highlands
The Central Highlands has all the ingredients for an invigorating country lifestyle with the convenience of city services. The gold rush heritage lives on in the grand architecture in the cities of Ballarat and Ararat and across the charming towns of Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Avoca and Bannockburn. 

Locals experience a treat for the senses with the indulgent mineral springs, exquisite food and wine, top regional galleries and natural attractions including rolling green hills, spectacular native forests and lakes.  

You can get back to nature and pack a picnic lunch to savour spectacular views of the countryside from Mount Buangor, the highest peak in the area. Another natural treasure, the Lerderderg River has cut a deep and picturesque gorge through rugged bush with camping and a range of walks on offfer. 

Known for manufacturing and agricultural industries, prospects are growing in health, retail, education, tourism and construction sectors. The Ballarat GovHub initiative is a multi-billion government investment in the central business precinct. 


Ballarat is Victoria’s largest inland city and the closest to Melbourne. The median house price in Ballarat is $322,500 and $216,000 in Ararat for a 3 bedroom house. Both these modern cities have a variety of retail, dining, education and recreational activities that suit the needs of families and individuals.  

There are plenty of quality education choices in the area with some of Australia’s finest primary and secondary schools located in Ballarat and several tertiary educational institutions. 

Healthcare services are outstanding and the industry supports over 9,000 jobs in Ballarat alone making it the largest employment sector. 

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Other employment opportunities in Central Highlands include courts, refuges, state government, local council and community health services, educational institutions and legal services.  

The Orange Door is open in Central Highlands with a primary site in Ballarat and access point in Bacchus Marsh. Read more about Working at The Orange Door

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