Escape to Ballarat for the spring school holidays

Regional Victorians can again holiday in regional Victoria – Ballarat included – as of 17 September.

This important third step in the State Government's COVID-19 roadmap has arrived just in time for the Victorian school holidays (19 September – 4 October).

More than ever before, regional Victorian families deserve a holiday, be it a much-anticipated getaway after months of online learning and working from home or a long-awaited reunion with family and friends.

Whether you're wanting to escape for a day trip, overnight stay or a week-long adventure, Ballarat has so much to offer this spring school holidays.

@chrissydore Ballarat Wildlife Park
Ballarat Wildlife Park. Image: @chrissydore

With reopening dates being announced by Ballarat's tourist attractions daily, please stay tuned to the businesses' websites and social media accounts for the most up-to-date information.

Open for the spring school holidays:  

Hello Spring Orange Frame
Ballarat Frame Trail

Ballarat is thinking outside the square with its new spring initiative, the Ballarat Frame Trail. Six giant frames are dotted throughout the CBD and Lake Wendouree precinct, with people encouraged to snap photos of the frames and then share them on social media with the hashtag #hellospringballarat. The colourful frames are on show until 25 October. Click here for for more information.

Other places to explore:

The Forge Pizzeria

Ballarat's restaurants, hotels and cafes are again able to offer sit-down dining, with strict limits on how many people can be seated indoors and outdoors. Because of this, we highly recommend you book ahead to beat the rush and avoid disappointment. 

Family-friendly dining options to consider:

For even more foodie inspiration, head to

Sovereign Park Motor Inn
Sovereign Park Motor Inn

From budget-friendly to boutique, there's something for every family when it comes to accommodation in Ballarat.

Family-friendly accommodation options to consider:

For more suggestions, head to


As the government's COVID-19 restrictions continue to change, we encourage you to be kind, stay safe, maintain social distancing and use common sense. And if you're unwell, please stay home.

Please contact businesses directly for opening hours and booking details.

And for further details about the new restrictions and what they mean for you, visit