The Victorian school holidays might be over but you’ve still got a few days left to check out the Ballarat Winter Festival.
Presented by the City of Ballarat, the three-week festival will officially draw to a close this Sunday, July 21.
Before then, make sure you tick these fun-filled activities off your to-do list:
Details: Enjoy the annual extravaganza that is Winter Wonderlights, Australia’s largest ever light projection spectacle staged at one site. From 5.45pm each night, dance in the faux snowfalls and watch on as Sovereign Hill’s Main Street is transformed with sparkling, grand-scale images dancing along the facades.
Cost: Winter Wonderlights is included in your Sovereign Hill admission. Tickets are adult $62, concession $49.70, child (5-15) $27.80, infants free, family (2 adults and 4 children) $157, and family (1 adult and 3 children) $112.50.
Details: Get your skates on at the Ballarat Winter Festival’s pop-up skating rink next to the Ballarat Town Hall. Suitable for all ages and skill levels, the rink is open Sunday to Wednesday 9am-8.30pm and Thursday to Saturday 9am-10pm.
Cost: Adult $16, child (2-14) $10, and family (up to 4 people) $40.
Details: The Ballarat Activated ArtWalk combines the skills of programmers, artists and animators to explore brand new ways to play and create. Walk the streets of Ballarat and bring six special artworks to life with your smartphone. Download a copy of the map here.
Cost: Free – all you need to do is download the EyeJack app.
Details: The family-owned and operated Ballarat Wildlife Park specialises in native Australian animals and a wide variety of exotic reptiles. Check out the park’s newest residents, Sumatran tigers Satu and Maneki, in the state-of-the-art Tiger Sanctuary daily between 10am and 2pm.
Cost: Adult $35, child (5-15) $19.50, concession $29, and family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $95.