Find out for yourself why Ballarat locals are drawn to the picturesque Lake Wendouree all year round.
Total distance: 13 km
Fitness level : moderate
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.
One of Australia’s most significant cool climate gardens, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens feature a remarkable collection of mature trees and marble statues set amongst colourful bedding displays.
Located on the western shore of Lake Wendouree, the gardens cover 40 hectares and are divided into four distinct zones.
Across the road from the Ballarat Botanical Gardens is the historic pavilion that is Pipers by the Lake.
Sit back and enjoy lunch on the deck whilst taking in the beauty of the lake's foreshore. You might even spot a swan or two!
Dedicated in 2004, this national memorial features the names of more than 36,000 Australian ex-POWs etched into a 130-metre long granite wall.
It acknowledges the pain and suffering that all Prisoners of War endured during their time in captivity, commemorates the thousands of mates left behind, and acknowledges the sacrifice of families during wartime.
The Ballarat Tramway Museum was formed to preserve the tramway experience that existed on the streets of Ballarat from 1887 to 1971.
Trams are operated along an original section of the Wendouree Pde track using authentic methods of operation.
A popular eatery by the lake for almost two decades, the Boatshed underwent a refurbishment and relaunch in late 2017.
The restaurant now boasts a modern Australian menu, along with stunning views of Lake Wendouree.
Just a stone's throw away is Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments, self-contained accommodation ideal for both couples and families.
The mid-century Grove St apartments are beautifully renovated with all of the luxuries you require, while the Webster St apartments are located on one of Ballarat’s most exclusive tree-lined streets.
Start day two of your journey around Lake Wendouree with breakfast at this revamped 1930s corner stop.
And who can resist an all-day breakfast menu?
Next up, give stand up paddleboarding a go with SUP Ballarat.
For the beginners, choose from a group or one-on-one lesson. Or, if you are feeling confident, hire a board and explore the lake's waters solo.
Soak up The Yacht Club's lakeside setting, fresh modern Australian cuisine, relaxed furnishings and an amazing deck on which to kick back and relax.
Take your pick from pizza, salads, seafood and much more.
The historic Golden City Paddlesteamer is the sole survivor of a fleet of pleasure craft that sailed Lake Wendouree from the 1860s.
Enjoy a 45-minute cruise most Sundays between 1pm and 5pm from November until April each year.