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Top five things to do with kids in Ballarat this spring

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22 Sep 2021

Filed underFamily Friendly

Say goodbye to lockdown and hello to an adventure-filled family escape.

But wondering where to start? Here’s our top five things to do with kids in Ballarat this spring:

Sovereign Hill

Attractions

For any kid, a visit to Ballarat isn’t a complete with visiting Ballarat’s big three tourist attractions – Sovereign Hill, the Ballarat Wildlife Park and Kryal Castle.

Sovereign Hill’s outdoor museum brings the city’s 1850s gold rush to life in a living township complete with diggings, underground mines, costumed characters, coach rides, shops, trades, schools and dwellings.

The family-run Ballarat Wildlife Park is home to a menagerie of native Australian animals and exotic reptiles.

And cross the drawbridge at Kryal Castle to unearth a legendary kingdom of myth, magic and fantasy.

Eureka Centre

Entertainment

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, where next will you go?

How about:

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Events

Now in its 16th year, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (which runs until 9 January 2022) is Australia’s most prestigious photographic arts festival.

Using photography as a powerful educational tool, the biennale explores the worlds of visual art, art history and theory, art curatorship and industry, media, history, politics, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, culture and history. 

And then there’s 1000 Doors – a haunting maze of doors, gateways, portraits and screens.

The labyrinth-like installation has been created by artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, who were the masterminds behind the highly successful House of Mirrors, now located at MONA in Hobart.

Lucas Central Park

Playgrounds

If playgrounds are at the top of your family’s must-visit list, you’re in luck in Ballarat.

Some of our favourite playgrounds include:

  • Victoria Park Inclusive Play Space, Oak Avenue, Newington
  • Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground, Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree
  • Lucas Central Park Playground, Eleanor Drive, Lucas
  • Eureka Stockade Gardens Playground, Stawell Street South, Ballarat East
  • Yorkdale Estate Central Park, Greenhalghs Road, Winter Valley
Tuki Trout Farm

The great outdoors

After so much time cooped up indoors of late, a good dose of fresh air is just what the doctor ordered.

Hire a rod and teach the kids how to fish at Smeaton’s Tuki Trout Farm, get lost at Newlyn’s old school Maze House or explore one of Australia’s most significant cool climate gardens, the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

Or how about a visit to an extinct volcano (Mount Buninyong), spectacular waterfall (Lal Lal Falls) or the jewel in Ballarat’s crown, Lake Wendouree.

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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.