Ballarat East is a suburb of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. The suburb covers a large area east of the City of Ballarat. It is the oldest area in Ballarat and, between 1859 and 1921, was once also a municipality known as Ballarat East, under its own council, the Ballarat East Town Council. The population of Ballarat East was estimated to be 5,733 in 2015. Although amalgamation occurred nearly a century ago, many residents still perceive themselves as distinct from other "Ballaratians" and as 'working class'. The residents of Ballarat East played an integral role in the Eureka Rebellion and Battle of Eureka Stockade, although the site of this battle is now an island suburb within the East called Eureka. Much of the suburb is subject to heritage overlays because of its local significance, with most dwellings dating between the 1860s and 1940s.