When you live somewhere – be that the Red Light District in Amsterdam, Matamata in New Zealand, in an apartment overlooking the Eiffel tower, the Australian outback or Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro – you often haven’t seen the sites closest to your home. You don’t visit the places people from across the globe come to see, because you think: There is always tomorrow.
Having lived in several different countries, having been on the move for pretty much my twenties, I vouched to not let that happen. So when I walked past this silly stump for the third time, I figured it was time for a little investigation.
Turns out this is THE SPOT; famous across the state and country; the reason for Ballarat’s existence; the cause of the first and only pitched battle fought on Australian soil (the Eureka Stockade), which in turn lead to Australia being the first country in the world in which both men and women of all social walks of life could vote; the reason Australia became rich; the reason for many and more migrants to make their way here.
This is where gold was first found – a hop, skip and a jump from my house!
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What tourist sites are in your back yard?