To the North of Melbourne, in Victoria, lies the site of a former gold rush. The cities of Ballarat and Bendigo and some smaller towns and villages (such as Maldon) all bear the hallmarks of a bygone age when money was plentiful and lovely buildings could be constructed. Ballarat has an Avenue of Honour (with a tree planted for each enlisted serviceman) which is over 20km long which makes for quite an entrance to the city.
It was great to be able to stop off and see some slightly unexpected and lovely architecture in smaller places. Bendigo was especially good – nice to go somewhere with fewer people after the bigger cities too!
If you only ever visit big cities on your travels, you can miss out…and you can’t really say you have experienced the culture of somewhere like you can if you head elsewhere.