You could do the same Outdoor and Adventure Weekend four times a year and experience something altogether different. That’s because Ballarat is all about the seasons.
Don’t be confused by ‘outdoors’. You will not be roughing it, camped in a tent and eating beans out of a can. Not at all. Instead, we checked-in Friday afternoon to the Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments. There were two of us, but it was big enough for a group of friends or a family. Our first adventure was dinner at Meigas. A Spanish tapas-style eatery where rather than just ordering, you can try the chef’s ‘Feed Me’ option.
Next up we went in search of spirits, not the drinking kind, but the paranormal variety with a ghost tour of Ballarat’s streets. After all, Ballarat has the reputation for being Australia’s most haunted city.
Saturday got off to a great start with brekky at Yellow Espresso. I’d describe it as ‘crazy good’ which is my way of saying you will love every mouthful. Clay shooting is popular all year around but it’s reliant on the weather. Even so, we managed to fill in the time just fine when the heavens opened up briefly — a seasonal experience in itself.
Fresh air never fails to give me an appetite and lunch at Fika Coffee Brewers offered a contemporary take on comfort food. Yummy stuff.
By mid-afternoon we were exploring Mount Buninyong. The dusting of white snow was unexpected and just beautiful. Come here another season and the setting would be something else again.
We were kicking back at Hop Temple by late afternoon. If there was ever a place to be adventurous when you order a drink, it’s here. We could have filled in a whole day just reading the beverage menu.
It was now onto PWTN for dinner. The food is up there with the finest restaurants but it’s relaxed. The kind of place where diners can dress up or just keep those hiking boots on.
The seasons in Ballarat means that there is plenty of local produce. Breakfast at Eclectic Tastes lets you sample home grown flavours, like honey from Backyard Bees.
At Tuki Trout Farm we had the experience of catching and being served our very own Fish of The Day. In all, just the right mix of country pursuits and contemporary relaxation that you can repeat and often.