Get ready for three days of family fun, adventures and memories in Ballarat.
Total distance: 34 km
Fitness level : easy
Which kid wouldn't love to start the day with rainbow pancakes topped with mini marshmallows, maple syrup and fresh fruit?
Tucked away in a CBD laneway, Hydrant Food Hall is a hip warehouse space complete with innovative seasonal menu and an indoor cubby house.
Immerse yourself in Australia's gold rush history at the award-winning Sovereign Hill.
See a spectacular $160,000 gold pour, venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town. Go shopping 1850s-style and visit hotels, schools and a theatre with goldfields entertainers. See steam-driven machinery in action and chat with wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners as they ply their trades.
When it comes to filling hungry tummies, choose from traditional dining in unique Victorian settings or contemporary cafe-style food.
Opposite Sovereign Hill is the Gold Museum, an impressive glass-fronted building with commanding views of Ballarat.
Discover the beauty and power of gold as you view a valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and gold coins.
Entry to the Gold Museum is free with your Sovereign Hill ticket.
With a new bistro area, sports bar and a massive indoor playground that needs to be seen to be believed, Zagame’s Ballarat offers the complete dining and entertainment experience.
The colourful Kids' World playground is the perfect space for children aged 2-12 to use up all of their energy climbing, sliding and playing.
Sovereign Hill's new multi-million dollar sound and light show, AURA, lets visitors explore space, delve into the Dreamtime and re-live Australia’s most important rebellion, all while travelling under the night sky.
Featuring hundreds of stunning projections, it takes guests of all ages on an adventure as they witness the creation and discovery of the world’s most precious metal, gold.
Ideally located only 800m from Sovereign Hill, Sovereign Park Motor Inn offers a range of four-star motel units and self-contained apartments.
Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, kids' pool, an undercover playground, two spas, a sauna, gym, half court tennis, table tennis and a pool table.
Situated right next door to Sovereign Park Motor Inn is The Red Lion.
Its extensive breakfast menu includes brekky burgers and wraps, pancake stacks, and banana bread pan-fried with natural yoghurt and honey.
Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most famous native animals at the Ballarat Wildlife Park.
In recent years, the park's collection has expanded to include meerkats, penguins and, most recently, Sumatran tigers Maneki and Satu.
Enjoy lunch in the fully licensed cafe or take along a picnic to have outdoors with the roaming kangaroos.
The Willy Wonka of gelato stores, Il Piccolo Gelato's line-up features more than 100 artisan flavours, with up to 24 available each day.
Made using fresh milk, no artificial ingredients, colours or flavours, the range includes gelato and sorbetto (dairy-free and vegan).
Once you order your pizza at The Forge Pizzeria, it's action a plenty.
Using the fresh house-made dough, the stretcher starts stretching the base — great viewing in itself. The makers then add the right amount of ingredients, all of which have been freshly prepared on premises, into the wood-fired oven and then the magic happens.
Situated on the edge of Lake Wendouree, The Lake View Hotel is the last remaining hotel of 13 that once lined the lake's banks.
The menu is vast and you can take advantage of a variety of options, depending on your tastes.
Admire the swans gliding along the waters as you take a 6km stroll, jog or ride around Lake Wendouree.
Along the way, stop off at the multiple playgrounds, Ballarat Botanical Gardens and the Australian Ex-POW Memorial.
Welcome to Australia's only legendary land of myth and adventure, Kryal Castle.
Journey through the chambers of the Dragons Labyrinth, experience the drama of a medieval joust, be enchanted by pantomimes, or learn the ancient art of archery.