From learning all about the Victorian architectural heritage of the city to meeting the friendly furry locals at the Ballarat Wildlife Zoo, there’s so many things to do in Ballarat.
Things to do
Situated just 300m from our park, a visit to this living museum is a must to learn about Ballarat’s rich gold mining history. Spanning 15 hectares, this former gold mining township is packed with underground mines, historic buildings and demonstrations, coach rides, and costumed characters. At night, it comes alive with AURA, an evening sound and light show showcasing the history and its significance for the region.
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Make some furry new friends at this award-winning wildlife park, specialising in native Australian animals and exotic reptiles. You’ll encounter free roaming kangaroos, plus koalas, tigers, wombats, Tasmanian devils, eagles, crocodiles, snakes, lizards and more. You can also choose to get up close and personal with wildlife encounters available weekdays and weekends.
Enliven your taste buds and try some local produce from the popular weekend markets. While you’re there, why not check out the other goodies on display? You’ll find vintage clothes, memorabilia, antiques, collectables and more. With several markets across Ballarat, you’re sure to find something you like.
Ballarat Botanical Gardens
Covering 40 hectares and divided into four distinct zones, these cool climate gardens offer a magical way to while the afternoon away. You’ll love the conservatory display showcasing seasonal displays, prime minister avenue displaying bronze portraits, and the statuary pavilion. This spectacular location is also host to the Ballarat Begonia Festival and ever-popular Summer Sunday with live music and food vendors.
Observatory and museum
Situated on Mount Pleasant, the observatory museum is one of the oldest of its kind in regional Australia – and the perfect place to learn about the cosmos. Check out the 3D Astrotour before discovering the sky up close and personal through modern and historical telescopes.
Adjoining the Botanical Gardens, you’ll find Lake Wendouree. Get your heart racing on the 6km Steve Moneghetti running and walking track or enjoy a picnic by the water with public BBQs – the day is yours. The lake is also a great spot for fishing, sailing and rowing, and the kids will love the adventure playground.