FAMILY FUN IN BALLARAT
BALLARAT has long been defined as the city at the heart of Australia’s goldfields. And while history and heritage remain among its strongest drawcards, the city is perpetually showcasing those products and experiences that synonymise Ballarat not only with gold, but with an array of contemporary and diverse offerings to keep the entire family entertained for days on end.
Explore the magic of the 1800s
If you ever needed an excuse to re-visit Sovereign Hill, it’s now! Australia’s number one outdoor museum, the award-winning tourist attraction provides all the entertainment you need for the rest of the day. Try your luck gold-panning, stroll down the Main Street, take a mine tour, watch live performances or indulge in a bag of iconic Raspberry Drops.
Settle in for a coffee or two
Find your place in one of the city’s prized, family-friendly cafes for a hearty and cosy brunch. Hit up Little Bird for some delicious meals for the kids, or find your place at Eclectic Tastes and watch the little ones unleash their creativity as you savour your coffee.
Admire Australia’s fauna
Take a drive to the Ballarat Wildlife Park and get up-close-and-personal with some cuddly koalas, cute kangaroos and (not-so-cute) crocs. The outdoor sanctuary also houses sweet wombats, stunning dingoes, darling little penguins, and is also the terrain to Charlie Parker; the country’s most-loved kid ranger.
Be immersed in art
Head on into the Art Gallery of Ballarat – Australia’s oldest and largest regional art gallery – and take your time as you walk through the permanent collection of historic fine art as well as the indigenous and contemporary art. Many of the works on display are accompanied by questions for the children, so they too can immerse themselves in the stunning works
Explore your medieval fantasies
Make sure to explore one of Australia’s only medieval theme parks Kryal Castle. Almost 40 years old, the attraction has plenty to do for the children with jousting demos, dragons, a knights’ round table, and potion-making workshops.
Dining for all
Get comfortable at one of the city’s family-friendly restaurants for a generous dinner. The CBD is filled with perfect dining options including The Forge Pizzeria, Golden City Hotel and The Western Hotel.
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