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Family itinerary

Get ready for three days of family fun, adventures and memories in Ballarat.

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3-day Itinerary

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Total distance: 34 km

Fitness level : easy

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DAY 1
  • 1

    Hydrant Foodhall

  • 2

    Sovereign Hill

  • 3

    Gold Museum

  • 4

    Zagame’s Ballarat Hotel

  • 5

    AURA

  • 6

    Sovereign Park Motor Inn

  • DAY 2
  • 7

    The Red Lion

  • 8

    Eureka Centre

  • 9

    Ballarat Wildlife Park

  • 10

    Il Piccolo Gelato

  • 11

    The Forge Pizzeria

  • 12

    Sovereign Park Motor Inn

  • DAY 3
  • 13

    Lake View Hotel

  • 14

    Lake Wendouree

  • 15

    Kryal Castle

  • 1

    Day 1

    Breakfast at Hydrant Food Hall

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    3 McKenzie Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 7am - 4pm
    SAT: 8am - 4pm
    SUN: 8am - 4pm
    2

    Day 1

    Sovereign Hill

    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. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 10am - 5pm
    3

    Day 1

    Gold Museum

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 9am - 5pm
    4

    Day 1

    Dinner at Zagame's Ballarat

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    639 Main Road, Golden Point VIC 3350Get directions

    5

    Day 1

    AURA

    Sovereign Hill's new multi-million dollar show 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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Bradshaw Street, Golden Point VIC 3350Get directions

    6

    Day 1

    Stay at Sovereign Park Motor Inn

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    223 Main Road, Golden Point VIC 3350Get directions

    7

    Day 2

    Breakfast at The Red Lion

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    217-229 Main Road, Golden Point VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 7am - 11pm
    8

    Day 2

    Eureka Centre

    A visit to Ballarat isn't complete without seeing the historic Eureka flag, housed at the Eureka Centre on the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    102 Stawell Street South, Eureka VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 10am - 5pm
    9

    Day 2

    Ballarat Wildlife Park

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    250 Fussell Street, Ballarat East VIC 3350Get directions

    Daily: 9am-5pm
    10

    Day 2

    Il Piccolo Gelato

    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).

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    217 Sturt Street, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    DAILY: 12pm - 10pm
    11

    Day 2

    Dinner at The Forge Pizzeria

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    14 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat VIC 3350Get directions

    Daily: 12pm-10pm
    12

    Day 2

    Stay at Sovereign Park Motor Inn

    After another day of sightseeing, it's back to Sovereign Park Motor Inn for a good night's sleep.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    223 Main Road, Golden Point VIC 3350Get directions

    13

    Day 3

    Breakfast at The Lake View Hotel

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    22 Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree VIC 3350Get directions

    14

    Day 3

    Lake Wendouree

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Wendouree Pde, Lake WendoureeGet directions

    15

    Day 3

    Kryal Castle

    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.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    121 Forbes Road, Leigh CreekGet directions

    Saturday and Sunday: 10am-4pm

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