Ballarat is located in the Grampians region, just over 100 km west of Melbourne. It is home to approximately 100,000 people, with 1-2% of the total population being of Indigenous origin.

The Ballarat region has a rich history thanks to the Gold Rush which began in 1851. Many impressive buildings were financed from the wealth generated by the diggings. Many of these buildings remain today, and tourist attractions celebrate the city’s history. Many areas and buildings are also heritage listed.

Ballarat is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Its largest industry by employment is health care and social assistance, though retail and industries related to tourism are also prevalent. Ballarat has a thriving restaurant scene, ranging from fine dining to cafes. Many wine regions are also close by.

The median age of residents is ~35 years old, as many families have found the lifestyle and affordability of housing better than metropolitan Melbourne, while still within easy commuting distance to the city.

Some of the attractions in the city include Lake Wendouree, Sovereign Hill, the Ballarat Botanic Gardens, and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.).


The University of Melbourne’s UDRH has accommodation to support health professional student clinical placements within our region. 

To make an accommodation enquiry for the Ballarat region, please visit the following link, and follow instructions:

Ballarat Accommodation

The University of Melbourne at Creswick also has accommodation to support health professional student clinical placements within this region. Residents are allocated a bedroom, while the kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities are shared.

Creswick Accommodation

To make an accommodation enquiry for Creswick, please visit the following website, and follow instructions:

Students also have access to Ballarat Health Service student accommodation. Please contact the health service directly for bookings at Colleen.O’ or phone (03) 5320 4000.

Their is also student accommodation available in Beaufort, students can contact the Health Service directly for accommodation bookings on (03) 5349 1600.

Useful Links

For more information on the region, and what it has to offer, please visit the web links below.

Tourist information:

Ballarat City Council information:

Ballarat Health Services website:

Moovin Health
Moovin’ Health is a Rural Health Club run by the students at the University of Melbourne Rural Clinical School and is open to all health students from all universities and disciplines.  For more information:

going rural health support

You may be eligible for Going Rural Health financial assistance to support a placement in Ballarat. Please visit the Student Support Scheme page for more details HERE.



General Enquiries:



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