This weekend, we went on a little road trip to Ballarat, just 1hr 30 minutes from home. I had heard of the town before but didn’t know much about it, considering I am originally from NSW. But Paul had visited when he was in primary school and after a bit of research, I was keen to take the family and do something a little different on the weekend, rather than just the usual stuff.
If you are looking for something to do these school holidays, you could easily do a day trip to visit the amazing Sovereign Hill, which was by far the stand out of trip or make the most of everything the town has to offer and stay a few days.
SOVEREIGN HILL is like stepping back in time to the discovery of gold in the town. You see how the community lived, with actors playing out their lives around you, panning for gold, cooking in their little homes and going about their days on the streets and in local shops. This out door museum is great for the whole family with its all new AURA light and sound installation in the evenings, where the street fill with faux snow. It was by far the highlight of our trip and its worth the trip just for this.
FOOD: We were spoilt for choice when its came to food options in the country town, where everyone was extremely friendly and you know the food is fresh and locally sourced. We went to Carbonis Italian Kitchen for an Italian dinner which did wood fired pizzas and then for breakfast, we loved Webster’s Market and Cafe, another local gem. Also, the best Zagame’s (family restaurant) I have visited was in Ballarat with a huge playground.
ACCOMODATION: We stayed at the beautiful Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments which was a comfy and stylish home away from home and literally right on the stunning lake. It was breathtaking. The lake has lots of parks to visit and gorgeous swans and wildlife around.
BALLARAT WILDLIFE PARK: The park a great way to finish our visit before we hit the road to head home. You can go around the whole park in an hour or you could spend a lot of the day there as they have a timetable of activities with the animals, along with free guided tours. Harvey was obsessed with feeding the wallabies and kangaroos and little joeys but there was a large amount of animals to see- the stand out being the meerkats you can meet!
We had a wonderful weekend away and loved Ballarat!