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Five family-friendly ways to soak up summer in Ballarat

Visit Ballarat

11 Nov 2021

Filed underFamily Friendly

Whether you’re in search of a full day activity or something to fill in a couple of hours, Ballarat knows where it’s at when it comes to family fun this summer.

Sovereign Hill


Want to step back in time to the 1850s gold rush? Lock in a visit to Sovereign Hill – a living museum complete with diggings, underground mines, costumed characters, coach rides, traditional shops and trades, schools and dwellings.

If myth, magic and fantasy is more your thing, head to Kryal Castle – Australia’s only medieval adventure park.

Or get your cute animal fix at the Ballarat Wildlife Park – home to some of the nation’s most famous native animals.

Midlands Reserve

Outdoor pools and water parks

When it comes time to cool off, make a beeline for one of the city’s outdoor pools and water play facilities.

Ballarat’s main outdoor pool, Eureka Aquatic Centre at 102 Stawell Street South, boasts a heated 50m pool, learn to swim pool, shaded toddlers pool, outdoor water play park, playground, kiosk and barbecues.

Free water play facilities can be found at Midlands Reserve in Doveton Street North along with Victory Park in Sebastopol.

Ballarat Tramway Museum


From sports fans to movie junkies and history buffs, Ballarat has got you covered.

Take your pick from:

Golden City Paddlesteamer

The great outdoors

Teach the kids how to fish at Smeaton’s Tuki Trout Farm, explore the Ballarat Botanical Gardens – one of Australia’s most significant cool climate gardens – and nearby Lake Wendouree, or get lost at Newlyn’s old school Maze House

Or how about a visit to Mount Buninyong, an extinct volcano where you can walk through the crater and up to the lookout tower.

Il Piccolo Gelato

Food fix

When bellies start to rumble, put these family-friendly cafes, pubs and restaurants at the top of your list:


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.