From June 29 until July 21, make the most of the cooler weather during the Ballarat Winter Festival.
Total distance: km
Fitness level : easy
To ensure you’re fueled for an action-packed day ahead, a big breakfast is essential.
Hydrant Food Hall serves up delicious food that everyone will love including baked eggs, decadent french toast, rainbow pancakes for the kids and The Big Pipe, which contains everything you’d want from a big breakfast.
Additionally, you’ll be able to sit back and relax while the kids enjoy the play area.
Lace up the skates as it’s time to hit the ice.
Situated next to the Ballarat Town Hall, the pop-up ice skating rink is an annual winter highlight.
But be warned — get too cocky and you may end up flat on your bum!
Next stop, Sovereign Hill!
Experience life on the goldfields, witness a spectacular $160,000 gold pour, venture underground on a gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town.
Plus, during Winter Wonderlights, you can delight in the European Christmas market and enjoy traditional treats such as mulled wine or toffee apples.
From 5.45pm, the outdoor museum will brighten up the night sky with the multi-award winning Winter Wonderlights.
The annual extravaganza is Australia’s largest ever light projection spectacle staged on one site.
If everyone hasn’t overindulged in raspberry drops at Sovereign Hill, then dinner at Zagame’s will be hassle-free and tasty.
Zagame’s offers the complete dining and entertainment experience, with a new bistro area, sports bar and a massive indoor playground.
Located in the heart of the CBD, Quest Ballarat is an ideal place to base yourself for your Ballarat stay.
It offers self-contained studios with up to three bedrooms — perfect to keep the family comfortable in a modern and stylish environment.
A quick stroll from Quest Ballarat is popular Ballarat cafe Europa.
Pop in for your caffeine fix and all of your breakfast favourites, including eggs benedict, avo smash, waffles and omelettes.
There are plenty of kids' options too — think pancakes with maple syrup and ice cream, kids' scramble and bacon, or a kids' platter. Yum!
Get up close and personal with the newest additions to the Ballarat Wildlife Park, Maneki and Satu the Sumatran tigers.
The duo is part of a global species management plan and are ambassadors for helping their cousins survive in the wild.
While at the park, you can also feed kangaroos and admire koalas, meerkats, little penguins and other Australian native animals.
Be sure to check out Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery, the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Immerse yourself in the stunning collection of Australian paintings, sculptures, ceramics and works of paper.
You’ll be sure to love current exhibition Becoming Modern: Australian women artists 1920-1950, which features works by over 40 artists.
If you’re after a bite for lunch, pop into the gallery's in-house cafe, Kittelty’s, for some hearty fare.
To end your day, walk the streets of Ballarat and unveil the hidden tales behind the city’s laneways, buildings, streets and artworks with the Ballarat Activated ArtWalk.
By simply downloading an app on your smartphone, you can see this great town in a whole new light.
If soul-warming comfort food is what you want, Carboni’s Italian Kitchen is where to get it.
The menu features authentic Italian flavours made with fresh local produce.
Swedish for "coffee break", Fika know how to do a mean coffee.
For breakfast with a twist, try Nonna's Vegemite on Toast (avocado, burnt tomatoes, basil, hint of chilli, Meredith feta, lime and sourdough).
Check out some of Ballarat’s bespoke shops scattered around town.
You’ll discover beautiful homewares, one-of-a-kind jewellery, unique clothing or even the perfect gift for someone special.
Finish your winter getaway with one last adventure — Knights of Fire at Kryal Castle.
Everyone will love the daily highlight of the spectacular Joust of The Flame as Sir Hector meets Sir Reynard in a fiery clash of flaming lances and swords on the castle’s main arena.
And a breathtaking fire jump as part of the Skill At Arms display will leave you in awe.