Wendouree is a large suburb on the north western rural-urban fringe of the city of Ballarat, in Victoria, Australia.
- Area:9.51 km2
- Elevation:459 m
- Local Government Area:City of Ballarat
Wendouree is a large suburb on the north western rural-urban fringe of the city of Ballarat, in Victoria, Australia.It is the most populated suburb in the City of Ballarat with a total of 15,000 inhabitants living in the greater Wendouree, Lake Gardens and Miners Rest area.
It is named after nearby Lake Wendouree, which derives its name from the Wathaurong word wendaaree, meaning "be off" (or "go away").It incorporates the unofficial locality of Wendouree West.
Wendouree has the second major commercial and business hub in Greater Ballarat, and is also the location of several Ballarat-based commercial and industrial firms.
Landmarks of Wendouree include the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre, the home of the Ballarat Miners and Ballarat Rush; the Ballarat Showgrounds (Venue for the annual Ballarat Show); Eureka Stadium (Home ground of the North Ballarat (Australian Football) club and Australian Football League venue), the former St Mary's Redemptorist Monastery, Stockland Wendouree Shopping Complex, and the Wendouree Centre for the Performing Arts.
In 1838 a squatter called William Cross Yuille camped on the shores of the Black Swamp, now known as Lake Wendouree, the first Ballarat resident. The Yuille Pastoral Run developed during the mid-1800s.
Wendouree Post Office opened on 17 February 1871.Significant urban growth in Wendouree began shortly after the Second World War, encouraged by the development of industrial areas to the west.
The Howitt Street shopping centre opened in 1962, and Wendouree Village shopping centre (now Stockland) opened in 1978.
The landmark St Mary's Redemptorist Monastery in Gillies Street was converted into apartments beginning in 2000.
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