After having three children in less than three years, former secondary school teacher Natalie Dickinson turned to Instagram in search of new connections and a fresh creative outlet.
Today, Natalie’s Instagram profile With My Little Loves has racked up almost 15,000 followers and sees the 34-year-old sharing her love of photography, her family and her hometown Ballarat.
What do you love most about this great city?
Ballarat is the perfect place to raise a family. We have incredible schools, fantastic attractions, great restaurants and we are close enough to easily travel to the beach and the city. It’s a beautiful place to live.
Where are your favourite Ballarat haunts to eat?
I’m a big Thai fan, so I love Brown Grain and Thai Sala Pavilion. I can never go past the tagliatelle at Oscar’s and The Forge has my vote for pizza. For child-friendly options, we like Zagame’s and the Golden City.
We are always out exploring the local parks and gardens. The kids love the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and that suits me because I can let them explore without the stress of roads or bodies of water.
Ballarat’s best kept secret?
There are so many new restaurants getting amazing feedback lately. Underbar is definitely on my to-do list.
The city’s best Insta-worthy locations?
The gardens are easily some of the most beautiful places. Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Kirks Reservoir and Buninyong Botanical Gardens are all beautiful. So many of the old buildings have beautiful doorways and there are feature walls in so many laneways and streets that we love.