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What to do in Ballarat from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day

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21 Dec 2023

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Some call it Crimbo Limbo or Twixmas, in Norway it’s known as Romjul – to us, it’s that much-needed downtime between Christmas Day and the start of the new year.

It’s when you momentarily hit the ‘pause’ button and take a breather after successfully surviving the silly season.

If you’re looking for a way to fill in those sleepy days from 26 December-1 January, Ballarat is the perfect destination to rest, relax and even have a little fun.

5 cafes to get your coffee and brunch fix


5 restaurants to dine out at

  • Boatshed Restaurant (27 Wendouree Pde, Ballarat)
  • Carboni’s (152 Eureka St, Ballarat)
  • Gallery Restaurant at Craig’s Hotel (10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat)
  • Golf House Hotel (920 Doveton St Nth, Ballarat)
  • The Forge Pizzeria (14 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat – closed Boxing Day)

5 attractions to explore

AURA sound and light show at Sovereign Hill

5 more things to do

  • Visit the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Robert Clark Conservatory (9am-4.30pm daily)
  • Ozact’s As You Like It at Kirks Reservoir (26-27 December at 6.30pm)
  • AURA sound and light show at Sovereign Hill (nightly at 9.15pm)
  • Summer holidays at Newlyn’s Maze House (from 27 December)
  • 2024 Burrumbeet Cup at Burrumbeet Racecourse (Monday 1 January from 11am)

3 New Year’s Eve celebrations

And FYI, the Ballarat Information Centre at the Ballarat Town Hall (225 Sturt Street) will be open 10am-4pm from Boxing Day until New Year’s Day.

Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.