Enjoy a weekend away with your children

— with @chrissydore


Have toddler, will travel. Yes, I know what you’re thinking — in your dreams. But you can have an active little one, yet still enjoy a weekend away, and that’s just what we did in Ballarat.

@chrissydore Ballarat Wildlife Park

First up, was the Ballarat Wildlife Park. We absolutely loved getting up close to all the animals and Poppy fed the kangaroos. The tour was an easy pace even for tiny feet. Already our weekend was off to a great start.

Carbonis Italian Kitchen @Chrissydore

It’s rare for us to be able to sit down and enjoy a meal out with a toddler, but already we were doing that at Carboni's Italian Kitchen. We found this to be the same everywhere we ate in Ballarat. And the food was amazing.

Quest Ballarat @Chrissydore

After lunch we checked into Quest. As you can see in the photo Poppy felt at home straight away. We all did. And having an apartment with its own lounge and kitchen just made it so much easier.

The playground at Lake Wendouree is an imaginative space. While Poppy had fun exploring, older kids could act out all kinds of adventures. It really is a magical setting for that kind of stuff.

Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground @Chrissydore

Dinner was at The Forge Pizzeria. Another fantastic restaurant. The food, the vibe and super family-friendly. Such a nice way to unwind at the end of the day.

We could have had breakfast at the apartment, even a cooked one at that. For a family on a budget that would make sense. But when there are so many cool cafes offering local produce, like the Hydrant Food Hall, well you know where we were Sunday morning.

Sovereign Hill @Chrissydore

Sovereign Hill was, of course, a highlight. My husband and I were sharing memories of coming here when we were kids. So, it was extra special to relive the experience with our little one and, in the months and years ahead, no doubt we will be returning time and again.

We couldn’t leave Ballarat without having something else to eat, this time at Yellow Espresso.
Everywhere we’ve eaten the food has been delicious and Poppy was enjoying it all. That’s what we have noticed everywhere we went. Ballarat didn’t just accommodate Poppy but welcomed her with open arms. No surprise then that we will come back to Ballarat and hopefully very soon.

Yellow Espresso @Chrissydore

Check out the Family Weekend Itinerary