Ballarat is located in Victoria, Australia about 2 hours west of Melbourne.
A historical town most known for being a hot spot during the gold rush in the 1850s, you can visit Sovereign Hill to experience life in the gold rush times and even pan for gold. There is also the Ballarat Wildlife Park, where you can see kangaroos (and feed them!), koalas, emus, Tasmanian devils and other Aussie animals.
Newtown is a very artistic part of Sydney. The people who frequent Newtown are typically young college students. There are a lot of unique tapas restaurants, cafes, and cocktail lounges.