The Eureka Centre is located at the historic site of 1854 Eureka Stockade rebellion and is home to one of Australia’s most revered cultural artefacts – the Eureka Flag.
The Eureka Centre
On Monday 16 March, the Victorian State Government declared a State Of Emergency to help combat COVID-19.
In line with advice from the Federal and State Governments, a number of public facilities including the Eureka Centre were closed.
We appreciate your understanding during what has been a challenging time for us all.
Our primary focus has been to ensure that we have the best chance of avoiding the major impacts of COVID19.
As soon as it is safe to do so, we very much look forward to resuming full delivery of programs and welcoming you to the Eureka Centre in the near future.
If you have any questions, please contact us at EurekaInfo@ballarat.vic.gov.au
Find us at 102 Stawell Street South, Ballarat, Victoria 3350
Enter next to the Eureka Aquatic Centre
The Eureka Centre explores the cultural impact of the gold rush and tells the stories of the men and women who risked their lives in the fight for miners’ rights.
Located at the historic site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade, the Eureka Centre is home to one of Australia’s most iconic cultural objects – the Eureka Flag (The Flag of the Southern Cross).
The centre is surrounded by the scenic Eureka Stockade Memorial Gardens. It is a perfect place to grab a coffee, enjoy the wonderful park surrounds and learn more about the Eureka story.
- Entry: Adult $6, Concession $4, Family Pass $18
- Ballarat residents free on provision of photo ID
- Guided tours (10 or more people) and school groups by arrangement
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Café hours 10.00am – 3.30pm daily
The Eureka Centre provides teachers and students with tools and experiences to deepen their understanding of the Eureka Stockade and the profound political reforms that followed.
Led by professional educators, these programs give students and teachers the opportunity to view the original Eureka Flag and explore the interactive Eureka Stockade exhibition.
The Eureka Education program is funded through the Department of Education and Training (DET) Strategic Partnership Program
For more information, see the Eureka Centre Education Flyer.
Ballarat Research Hub at Eureka
Ballarat Research Hub at Eureka (BRHAE) presents the combined resources and services of the Public Record Office Victoria’s Ballarat Archives Centre, Ballarat and District Genealogical Society and the City of Ballarat’s Australiana Research Collection. The service provides researchers with access to public computers and printing, microfilm and microfiche collections and online databases such as Ancestry.com Trove, Find My Past and the British Newspaper Archive.
Opening Hours are Monday to Thursday from 10am to 4.30pm.
The Australiana Research Collection is an extensive collection of books, public and private records, newspapers, maps, plans, catalogues and indexes. The collection features many rare books and newspapers of national importance.
Ballarat Archives Centre
Ballarat Archives Centre (BAC) is a service of the Public Record Office Victoria providing document access in a designated reading room named in honour of respected local historian, the late Joan Hunt. Requests to retrieve and view records can be made through the website: www.prov.vic.gov.au Records will be delivered to BAC in time for 10am opening, if they have been ordered prior to 3pm Monday to Thursday. Much of the Ballarat collection has been digitised and 68 series of Rate Books and Petty Sessions Registers covering Ballarat and the surrounding areas will be available online through PROV’s Beta website at www.prov.vic.gov.au
Ballarat and District Genealogical Society
Ballarat & District Genealogical Society Inc. (BDGS) was formed in 1978 to help people discover their family history. THE BDGS collection is housed at BRHAE and much of it is accessible to the public, though some resources are only available to BDGS members. For membership, information is available at https://www.ballaratgenealogy.org.au/
The story of the Eureka rebellion is at once a profound and compelling Australian and global story. It is a touchpoint in Australia’s history, designated as a place in time where the foundations of Australian democracy were laid. Eureka is seen as the embodiment of hope and struggle in the face of adversity and has become a beacon for equality, unity and the right to a fair go, which now lies at the heart of the Australian spirit and identity. Eureka’s broad appeal to different sets of values, aspirations and ideals has ensured it continues to endure and resonate even after several generations.
Eureka’s deep resonance in the Australian imagination underpins ‘2030: A Vision for the Eureka Centre’. The 2030 Vision imagines a successful and financially sustainable future for the Eureka Centre as a leading national cultural institution and much-loved visitor attraction. It provides an aspirational pathway for the Eureka Centre that is focused and ambitious, while remaining practical and realistic. The Eureka Centre 2030 Vision will inform strategic and business planning over the coming decade. Developed collaboratively and informed by the diverse expertise of the Eureka Centre Community Advisory Committee members, the 2030 Vision is an overarching, guiding document focused on establishing the Eureka Centre as a viable museum, visitor attraction and hub for community activities.
Eureka Centre Ballarat is the custodian of the Eureka legacy and is located at the National Heritage-listed Eureka Stockade Memorial Park – the purported site of the Eureka Stockade. Given the strong community interest in the Eureka story and site, an Interpretation Plan has been developed in response to community consultation. The plan will ensure that the Eureka Stockade’s heritage values are protected and its story is interpreted for a range of diverse audiences into the future.