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Top 5 outdoor experiences during winter in Ballarat

Visit Ballarat

01 Jun 2022

Filed underSee & Do

There’s so much to love about winter. Like rediscovering your favourite wool coat and that feeling of a hot coffee in hand.

Yet, there’s also something about that (chilled) dose of nature that leaves you refreshed and rejuvenated.  

When you think about it, as long as you’re dressed for the occasion, embracing those uninterrupted views and chasing waterfalls really should be high on your radar this winter.

Check out the sunrise from the top of Mount Buninyong

The view from the top of Mount Buninyong is spectacular, but the view from the top of Mount Buninyong as the sun rises is even more magical.  
But don’t take our word for it, set the alarm, pull on those hiking boots and soak up that crisp winter air on this short walk up an extinct volcano.  
HOT TIP: If snow is forecast on a cold winter’s day, Mount Buninyong is the ideal place to enjoy the spectacle. 

Chase waterfalls

You’re guaranteed one thing in winter, and that’s rain! But it’s not all that bad, because with rain comes roaring waterfalls.  
There’s really no better time than winter to go chasing waterfalls in the region, so jump in the car and discover Lal Lal Falls – a 20-minute drive from Ballarat. A short drive north and you’ll also find Moorabool Falls.

Join a walking ghost tour

Unearth the dark side of Ballarat during an Eerie Ghost Tour. In a town steeped in history, there is no shortage of spooky stories and gripping tales that will have you engrossed right ‘til the very end.

Fish for lunch at Tuki Trout Farm

Fishing can be fun… when the fish are biting. So, what if we told you there was a guaranteed way you could hook a rainbow trout and then have someone cook it for you? We thought that might grab your attention. 
Enjoy the unique pond to plate experience at Smeaton’s Tuki Trout Farm. Once you’ve hooked your catch of the day from one of their aerated spring water ponds, you can have it cooked in the restaurant for lunch or cleaned and packaged to take home. 

Search for truffles

There’s something satisfying about knowing exactly where your next meal has come from, but what makes the experience even more special is knowing you’ve had a hand in its creation. 
The arrival of winter marks the start of truffle season, a time to unearth the aromatic delicacy that is black Perigord truffles. 
This careful extraction can only be done with the help of a truffle dog, so not only do you get to search for and dine on truffles, but you get to hang out with dogs all day.  
Black Cat Truffles is situated just 20 minutes outside of Ballarat in Wattle Flat and is now taking online bookings for its Truffle Hunt and Taste of Truffle Experience.   
You can also join truffle-dog Sally at Oakhill Truffles for a private tour of the Gordon truffleier. Nestled on the grounds of the original Gordon Presbytery and Convent, these local truffles have been compared with the very best that France can produce.


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.