Ballarat’s online winter festival extended until 31 August

If you can't visit Ballarat right now in person, you still can online with the Ballarat Virtual Winter Fest extended until 31 August.

Visit the website and tour the interactive map featuring a selection of Ballarat's key buildings, attractions and landmarks in animated form.

You can also play five bespoke games, download Ballarat-based activities and discover winter-specific promotions and offerings from Ballarat businesses.

And this all happens with the help and guidance of Ballarat's new winter characters, the Yarrowees.

Bunni, Kurran, Welcome Wally and Betul Begonia are the secret to how the good people of Ballarat find warmth and comfort throughout the chilly winters. Emerging in winter to secretly care for the people of Ballarat, each of the Yarrowees reveal a special kind of magic.

The City of Ballarat has partnered with local tourist attractions such as the Ballarat Wildlife Park, Sovereign Hill and Kryal Castle to create the Ballarat Virtual Winter Fest.

“We are so looking forward to visitors returning, in restricted numbers, to our tourist attractions, accommodation providers and local businesses... but for those families who can’t make it to Ballarat this year, there’s a little bit of magic and fun to be found online,” Ballarat Mayor Cr Ben Taylor said.

Click here to explore Ballarat Virtual Winter Fest for yourself.


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.