The Arch of Victory is a solemn but spectacular tribute to the Australian Soldiers that gave their lives defending the country.
The Arch is dedicated to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Drive through the Arch and past the hundreds of trees that have been planted for the soldiers from Ballarat, each with a plaque.
This monument and the Avenue of Honour are some of the most moving memorials to these men and women. The Avenue of Honour itself is one of the longest of its kind in the world and speaks volumes of the significance that Ballarat and indeed Australia places on these remembrances and how intertwined such displays are to our national identity and culture.
The Arch of Victory was funded exclusively by donations from local citizens.
It has been described as a portal down history lane and often reminds visitors of the Arch de Triumphe in Paris.
It’s a quick stop for anyone from out of town. Head west along Sturt Street, past Victoria Park and Ballarat High. The Arch is located on the old Western Highway just beyond the town centre of Ballarat.
Veterans and others interested in Ballarat’s military history might like to also visit the nearby Prisoner of War Memorial in the Lake Wendouree Gardens precinct and take a look at the canons from the Crimean war that stand nearby.. There’s also the RSL’s Collection in Dawson street and the World War 1 and 2 memorabilia displays at the George Hotel in Lydiard St.