The Ballarat Bucket List ~ 100 things for families to do in Ballarat. (Updated July 2016)

December 18, 2014 · 87 comments

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The Ballarat Bucket List is for locals needing new ideas to get the best from living in our beautiful town and for those looking at visiting –  because some inside knowledge is always a good thing.   If it’s family friendly,  fun and within half and hours drive of Ballarat then we want it on the list.   Let’s try to build this to 100 ideas  and share the best we have to offer with our friends in Ballarat and those beyond.   If you have a suggestion leave it in the comments below  – would love to add them. 

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  1. Enjoy Ballarat’s amazing winter festival “Winterlude”.  Over 50 gorgeous events celebrating all that is Ballarat in wintertime.  Sure it’s cold – but that’s why we have coats and hat!
  2. Walk, bike ride or run Lake Wendouree (6kms) stopping to play on the parks and chat with the wildlife. 
  3. Have a picnic in the Botanical Gardens.  Take ‘selfies’ with some of the  Prime Ministers in the Avenue and see the beautiful begonias.
  4. Visit the Black Hill lookout.  The view is gorgeous and if you go at dusk can you enjoy the beautiful lights of the city.  Take a photo of the lights and #ballaratbucketlist when you upload it.  That way we can all share in the magic. 
  5. Walk around Lake Esmond.  Consider throwing in a fishing line and don’t forget the park up the hill at the back.
  6. Visit Sovereign Hill. Don’t forget to check out the Gold Museum and Blood on the Southern Cross too. 
  7. Play in  the Tangled Maze (Creswick) and enjoy a game of mini-golf.  (Soon to have ice-skating too!)
  8. Take a picnic out the Bungal Dam (Lal Lal). See the old blast-furness, the reservoir and take a bush walk.
  9. Go gold panning at Slatey Creek picnic and camping ground.  Take your own pan (old fry-pan works well) and some snags for the BBQ.   And yes you can still find gold!
  10. Visit Kryal Castle and watch a jousting tournament.  (Ballarat For Families Review here.)
  11. Visit the Ballarat Wildlife Park and have a chat with Patrick the famous wombat and his friends.
  12. Drive up Mt Buninyong and check out the stunning views over Ballarat and the surrounding countryside from the top of the tower.  
  13. Visit the Peppercorn Place Cafe (Stieglitz) and buy the kids pink lemonade served in crazy teapots and enjoy the whimsical garden. It’s gorgeous. The town itself is well worth a visit too.  
  14. Have a play at the water parks at  Midlands Reserve on Doveton  Street or Vicker Street Sebastopol.
  15. Take a trip to the Ballarat Art Gallery where there is always something to amaze.
  16. Take a ride on the tram at Lake Wendouree.  Check to see if the Ballarat Tramways Museum is open too.
  17. Go for a bike ride on the Ballarat-Skipton rail trail. It’s a challenge but so worth it!
  18. Spend a few hours out at Donegans Farm (Gordon) and see how a real farm works.  (Ballarat For Families Review here.)
  19. Take the kids for a play on the Adventure play ground (Lake Wendouree) or one of our other  200 playgrounds.  You might like to take a photo of something special at each and make an album or photo book to celebrate your day out.   Remember #ballaratbucketlist so we can all share in the journey. 
  20. Visit the Ballarat Railway Station and watch the trains from the platform (or up on the bridge). Catch a train to Ballan and back just for fun – or maybe take a picnic.   (Check out the timetable first – just to make sure it stops at Ballan for both trips.)
  21. Visit the Eureka Stockade and the Museum of Australian Democracy.  There is always something new happening to fall in love with. 
  22. Take the family to Sutton’s House of Music on Sturt Street.  A relaxed and interesting cafe celebrating music, good food and Ballarat’s history.   Kids menu available
  23. Check out the local Markets.
  24. Take a trip out to the Mount Buninyong Winery (Scotsburn) and meet the friendly resident chickens.  We hear they love visitors!  Book in at the restaurant for a delicious wood-fired pizza. 
  25. Check out the local Festivals.
  26. Head up to the Magpie Street lookout at the very back of Sovereign  Hill.  Use the city-scape dial to find all of your favourite places in town – maybe even your own house!
  27. Take a trip to Ballarat Bird World  in Mt Helen.  It’s interesting, fun and informative. 
  28. Try some star-gazing at the Ballarat Observatory.
  29. Take in a show at the beautiful Her Majesty’s Theatre
  30. Go for a walk (11 walking track ideas provided by Ballarat Community Health.)
  31. Go Geochaching.  (Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.)  Follow the link to find out more.  
  32. Take a bat and ball up to Victoria (Vic) Park and play some games or climb the Mullock Heap.
  33. Go for some more walks (Blossom Connects Easy and Hard Ballarat Walking Tracks.)
  34. Take a trip to Clunes (33kms) and explore old shops of the main street.   Lunch at the bakery or cafe.
  35. Take the kids for a play in the beautiful Kirks Reservoir gardens (Brown Hill).  It’s the perfect setting for a treasure hunt so take some freddo frogs along.
  36. Visit the Lal Lal falls.  There is a playground and BBQs and heaps of room to run and play.
  37. Head out on a fishing trip to Lake  Burrumbeet
  38. Visit the Devil’s Kitchen at Scarsdale.  An interesting collection of rock formations and creeks well worth an explore. 
  39. Say hello to the cats at the Alley Cat Cafe.   Ballarat first cat cafe. It’s sure to be purrrfect. 
  40. Take the kids for a meal out at one of our family-friendly cafes or bistros thanks to Blossom Connects list. 
  41. Take the kids to Livvi’s place.  A fabulous new inclusive playground. Fully fenced and brimming with exciting adventures everyone can easily access.  Located in Victoria Park.
  42. Check out Central Highlands Library.  Lend a book or DVD, go to storytime or sit and read stories to the kid yourself. (Great school holiday activities too.)
  43. Take the kids to Plaster Fun House on Barkley Street so they can create a mini-masterpiece. 
  44. Take a break at the Specialist School ‘Special Treats Cafe’ on Gillies Street.
  45. Catch a movie at the Regent Cinemas.  If you go regularly buy the kids a membership.  It’s worth it. 
  46. Walk the middle ‘grassed’ area of Sturt street and take time out to appreciate the statues and sculptures. They’re really rather impressive. 
  47. Head on out to the Creswick Woollen Mills  and take a tour or just feed their alpacas – which is free. 
  48. Take a dip in one of our outdoor pools
  49. Have some ten-pin bowling fun as a family at Oz Ten Pin Bowling.  See who is the family champion.
  50. Take a dip in the heated Ballarat Aquatic Centre pool.
  51. Explore Mt Beckworth – it’s a beautiful place for walks, picnics or just to fall in love with nature. 
  52. Head on out and have a Ballarat family adventures and share it on Instagram.  #ballaratbucketlist #ballaratforfamilies so we can all be inspired. 
  53. Go out and visit the Jubilee Company Quartz Mine ruins. (Smythesdale).   Once one of the most important gold mines in the area. 
  54. Take the kids to the 1950’s inspired  Krooze in Cafe in Mt Helen for a milkshake and fries. 
  55. Spend a few hours at one of the local indoor play centres.  Fun Bugs,   Happy Jacks or Breeze Party and Play.
  56. Visit the RSPCA Pet Shop or Pails for Scales and let the children explore the world of pets – without bringing one home!
  57. Take the kids fishing out at Tuki Trout Farm.
  58. Feeling creative?  The kids will love spending time at I Made It, Creative Cafe.  Mum and Dad can either get creative too, or grab a coffee and something to eat and read the paper in the cafe.
  59. Feed the beautiful black swans at Lake Wendouree.   They seem to have a preference for chips and bread.
  60. Check out the boat hire and other activities at Lake Wendouree held by Lukey’s Boat Hire.
  61. Head up to Ballarat Indoor Go Karts for go-karting and laser force fun. 
  62. Take the kids on a toy, book or dress-up themed Op-Shop crawl through our local Ballarat Op-Shops.
  63. Visit the Mill Markets on the Western Highway.  Market style shopping, cafes and Gold Rush Mini-Golf all in the one area.  Pop into Aussie Creations for one of their famous Hungarian Chimney Cakes.
  64. Drive out to Nimmons Bridge for a picnic with a view or to take some beautiful photos.   Map here
  65. Spend some time at Bunnings!  Bunnings offer kids workshops,  a playground, cafe and the weekend sausage sizzles. (Check at the bottom of the linked page for what workshops are coming up and to make bookings.)
  66. Pick your own blueberries at Buninyong Blueberry Farm.  Open from late January to late February – follow the link for more information.
  67. Visit Yuulong Lavender Farm at Mount Egerton. Open weekends and public holidays – follow the link for more information. 
  68. Explore some, or all, of the Yarrowee Trail Network.  Many kilometers of trails perfect for bike rides or longer family walks.
  69. Spend some reflective time with your family at the Buninyong  Labyrinth, a quiet planned walk that takes about 15 minutes and is aimed at clearing the mind.   
  70. Anybody game for a ghost tour of Ballarat?  Eerie Tours Ballarat have a number on offer if you’re looking for night time fun. (Recommended for those 6 years and above only.)
  71. Visit the Ex Prisoner of War Memorial.  While not your average family outing it’s bound to inspire some hearty conversation. 
  72. Make a special trip up to the Botanical Gardens to visit Adam Lindsay Gordon’s Craft Cottage.  (You’ll find it on the other side of the fernery.)  Explore the beautiful crafts and artistry inside produced by the Craft Council of Ballarat. 
  73. How about trying out some sailing on the lake.  The Ballarat Yacht Club holds learn to sail session using their equipment.  Check the link for contact details and times. 
  74. If you like the idea of a secret garden you might like to find out more about, and explore the remains of, the SMB Botanical Gardens designed back in 1879 by Baron Von Mueller.   The kids will love playing on the original terraced steps and the family history buff will love learning some of our town’s early history. 
  75. Take the family out to Buninyong for some physical fun at the  Parkour Park.  (Buningong Parkour Park on YouTube).
  76. Visit the Ballarat Toy Library and check out their toy collection.  If the kids like what they see you can sign up for a  membership for $30 for 12 months.  (Open Tuesdays and Sundays from 10-12pm).
  77. How about morning tea at the Saltbush Kitchen at MADE museum. They have kids activities (hopscotch, bean bags and books). Beautiful food made from native ingredients and then a play on the fabulous Eureka playground afterwards.
  78. Take a trip out to St George Lake (and waterfall) on Old Melbourne Rd in Creswick.  Perfect for picnics and bushwalks. 
  79. Take the kids on a bus adventure.  Jump on a bus at your nearest stop and ride the route until you get back again. Or maybe even change buses in the city and explore a part of town you don’t normally go to. (Timetable) (Routes) (Fares & Miki Cards)
  80. Explore Macarthur Park Wetlands.  Check out this post from local Ballarat Blogger School of Mum.
  81. Head down to the Bridge Mall and explore the laneways.  You’ll find lots of fun surprises and tiny treasures to delight people big and small.
  82. If the kids like to bounce, spend some time at Inflatable World Oz Ballarat.  It’s the best place for bouncy ones!
  83. Spend some time at the Lake Gardens Family Entertainment Centre.  They have all the old classic games likes pinball, Pac-man, pool and much more.  
  84. Sit in the rotunda on lower Sturt St and watch the world go by for a while with the kids.  Play spotto with coloured cars and enjoy an ice-cream or something yummy from one of the lovely cafes nearby. 
  85. 16 left to find.  What do you suggest?

What else?  Add your ideas in the comments so we can build up 100 ideas of things to do with your family in Ballarat. 

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Near Ballarat

How about a few things a little further away.  After all,  once you make it through the Bucket list you’ll need something else to do with the family!     These should make the extra driving time worth the effort:

  1. Victorian Goldfields Railway Steam Train Adventures.    Enjoy a steam train trip between Maldon and Castlemain in beautifully restored early 1900s carriages.   Review is here.  
  2. Have a play at Adventure Park just past Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula.  Review is here.  
  3. Head down to Cobden Miniature Railway and Mini Golf for the day. 
  4. Take a day trip to the Otway Fly.  It’s a gorgeous (pram friendly) tree top walk for the entire family.
  5. Take a trip out to Jubilee Lake in Daylesford.   A few minutes drive from the centre of town it’s a haven for wildlife and a great place for a picnic, a play in the park and a walk around the lake. 
  6. Go to the beach.  In just over an hour you can be listening to the waves and building sandcastles! 
  7. Visit Maryborough.  A 50-minute drive to a lovely central Victorian town brimming with interesting things to do. 

Now, get yourselves out there and enjoy our beautiful town (and beyond) with your families!

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1 Keith April 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

Kinks Reservoir &
Lal lal falls
Old gaol buildings at smb

2 Michele August 28, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Great list Caz. Maybe number 63 could be split into 2 places…The Mill and Mini Golf?

3 Anne August 16, 2016 at 10:04 pm

I would love to see a Pilates or yoga class classes listed, do a weekend can be rejuvenating and health orientated. ( I’ve done all the classic tourist sights) Anne

4 Addictive ART July 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Hi Caz, we are a popular destination in Ballarat for a family fun, we would love to be included in the Ballarat bucket list.

http://www.addictiveart.com.au/

Thanks Jacob & Justine.

5 Fanoit July 5, 2016 at 1:45 am

Suttons House of Music host wonderful first class entertainment suitable for young and old. The story of the Sutton family is also quite intreguing and an important one to be told.

6 Caz Filmer July 5, 2016 at 6:51 am

Yes. I agreed. Love that place. Thank-you for the idea.
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7 Dawnwhitehand June 28, 2016 at 10:18 am

ClayMotion offer a school holiday program every holidays and tailored family workshops, plus children’s pottery classes during the school term …. check the website for more information : http://www.claymotion.com.au

8 Caz Filmer July 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Thanks Dawn. Do you have a logo? I’d love to add it to my sidebar and link it to your facebook or website. You can email it to me or contact me via the Ballarat For Families facebook page.
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9 Dawn Whitehand July 9, 2016 at 5:51 pm

Yes, I have logo Caz – I’ll email it to you πŸ™‚

10 Juli Davine June 25, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Let’s get Artistic this Winter School Holidays!
Book a fun creative day at Sturt Street Gallery from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fully trained Art Teacher with 20 years experience.
9:00 am to 3:00 pm – full day session for $65
9:00am to 12 pm or 12pm to 3pm – half day session $35

Our Art Days are educational but with an emphasis on Fun!
Every day we explore several workshops with various art materials teaching new art skills and going home with new artistic creations. We supply all materials.

https://www.facebook.com/sturtstreetgallery/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1137341759662389

11 Caz Filmer July 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Hi Juli, Do you have a logo? I’d love to add it to my sidebar and link it to your facebook or website. You can email it to me or contact me via the Ballarat For Families facebook page.
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12 Laura + Emily June 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Hi all! MAKE Art school have three fabulous classes on offer these school holidays July 6th and 7th, all the details here http://www.makeartschool.com.au/index.php/holiday-program/

13 Alicia September 10, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Black Hill look out.
Mountain bike track there too.
Lookout up behind Sovereign Hill. Hidden, old and a good view.
Ballarat Observatory.
Nature walk along Yarrowee Creek.

14 Colleen June 27, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Explore Ballarat by bus. Jump on a bus at your nearest bus stop and stay on for the whole route or change buses in the city and explore areas that you do not usually visit. Can even catch the bus to Creswick. I did this recently with grandchildren they loved it…we sat in different seats on the bus..at the front, in the middle and up the back. The drivers were friendly and helpful.

15 Caz Filmer June 27, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Thanks Colleen – that’s a great idea. Something a little different πŸ™‚
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16 Justine June 21, 2015 at 7:28 pm

A great place for family fun is Ballarat’s newest plaster painting at Addictive Art 1164 Geelong Road Mount Clear, they have hundreds of designs to choose from and the shop is colourful with a play area to entertain the little ones πŸ™‚

http://www.addictiveart.com.au

17 Em March 21, 2015 at 11:31 pm

How about morning tea at the Saltbush Kitchen at MADE museum. They have kids activities (hopscotch, bean bags and books). Beautiful food made from native ingredients and then a play on the fabulous Eureka playground afterwards.

18 Caz March 24, 2015 at 11:57 am

Perfect. That’s going on the list right now πŸ™‚ Thank-you Em.
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19 Lucy January 31, 2015 at 6:11 pm

how about bubble soccer at major league http://www.majorleagueballarat.com.au/hot.php looks like so much fun and a bit different or laser force.

20 Loreen Jackson January 16, 2015 at 7:45 am

Walk through the bush surrounding Technology Park in Mount Helen – check the bird life out on the dam near IBM

21 Caz January 17, 2015 at 7:16 am

Thanks Loreen. Is there a place families can park and tracks to walk on? Great idea.
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22 Loreen Jackson January 17, 2015 at 8:25 am

Hi Caz – no “official” parking, but in the weekends there are plenty of parks – IBM, State Revenue Office, Greenhill Enterprise Centre …….

23 Caz January 19, 2015 at 9:36 am
24 karen January 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm

loving yr list thank you, would not suggest feeding ducks and swans bread though, not good for them

25 Caz January 17, 2015 at 7:15 am

Thanks for the feedback Karen πŸ™‚ Appreciate your advice.
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26 Zara January 15, 2015 at 9:16 pm

I have quickly skimmed over the list and will definitely come back to it in future for ideas!
I don’t think I saw a visit to the toy library as a suggestion on there? Annual membership starts at $30 (concession). Open Tuesdays and Sundays, 10am-noon. You can come along for a tour and to test out the toys for free!

27 Caz January 17, 2015 at 7:08 am

Thank-you Zara – it is a great idea.
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28 Dave Hyatt January 15, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Get up early and go up to the Olympic Rings and watch the sun come up over the lake.
Best time of the day.
daveh

29 Caz January 17, 2015 at 7:14 am

That does sound magical Dave. Thanks for the tip.
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30 Ange January 14, 2015 at 7:59 am

What about visiting all the playgrounds and taking a photo on each slide or swing etc and then making a picture book out of it. Officeworks have small scrapbooks

Or join the geocaching app (there is a free version or if you want to get serious about it you can pay $12.99 for a full version) it’s sort of like a treasure hunt of things people hide around the world. (But you leave them there for others to find and can ad small contribution like a sticker or something, You can even add your own.)

31 Caz January 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Have added the photobook idea to the 200 playgrounds. Great idea Ange. I am trying to find out more about geocaching. So many people have suggested it.
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32 Shannan January 13, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Have a bagel from the Round the Way Bagel burger food van.

Enjoy the view from the Sovereign Hill look out.

33 Caz January 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Hi Shannan, can you let me know what it is about the bagels from Round the Way that make a great family thing to do? Trying to only use cafes and shops if they provide something above the ‘norm’ in terms of fun for the family. Thank-you.
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34 Pam mckee January 13, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Hi Caz, Wednesday’s during the holidays the big indoor playground at York St church of Christ is open for a gold coin .. Usually 10 to 12. Other programs for preschool families MOPS and Mainly Music.

35 Caz January 14, 2015 at 11:54 am

Great idea Pam. I will email and see if I can get a link from them too.
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36 Shona January 10, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Walk/ride the Yarrowee Trail out to kirks reservoir.
Grab a GPS and try Geocaching

37 Caz January 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Yes. Will add the Yarrowee Trails today. Also I am getting ALOT of Geocaching suggestions. Is there a club or group in Ballarat I could recommend? Thanks Shona.
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38 Susan Begbei January 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm

While you are visiting the Mill Market and have a round of golf at the Gold Rush Mini golf, how about visiting Ozzie Creations (the first shed on the left as you drive in ) and have a look around and have our Chimney Cakes.

39 Caz January 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Have added those awesome Chimney Cakes πŸ™‚
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40 Colleen January 10, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Visit the railway station and watch trains from the platform or go up on the bridge. Catch a train to Ballan..take a picnic to have at the station and then catch a train back again. Check out the timetable first though just to make sure it stops at Ballan for both trips.

41 Caz January 11, 2015 at 7:51 am

Love this idea Colleen. Thank-you πŸ™‚
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42 Peter January 10, 2015 at 9:31 am

You can walk the Buninyong Labyrinth, a quiet reflective walk that takes about 15 minutes.
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43 Caz January 11, 2015 at 8:03 am

Hi Peter, can you explain to me a little bit more about this one? Where in Buninyong is it?
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44 Bec January 9, 2015 at 11:54 pm

What about visiting the Prisoner or War Memorial around the lake, the two different ghost tours on offer at night, visit the Blood on the Southern Cross, the gold museum. Looking forward to the list finishing.

45 Caz January 14, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Thank again Bec. Will check these all out too. πŸ™‚
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46 Wendy January 6, 2015 at 10:33 am

A couple to add for you…
Pick your own blueberries at Buninyong Blueberry farm http://www.buninyongblueberries.com.au/pick-your-own-pyo-u-pick
Or indulge the olfactory senses at Yuulong Lavender estate
http://www.yuulonglavender.com.au

47 Wendy January 6, 2015 at 10:59 am

Oh – & forgot the try sailing days at Ballaarat Yacht Club on Lake Wendouree…
http://www.ballaratyachtclub.com.au

48 Caz January 8, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Thank-you Wendy. Awesome ideas I had missed πŸ™‚
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49 mel January 1, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Clunes for lollyshop in main st , daylesford for chocolate factory/shop , mineral waters , specialist school farm for a look at animals in Norman st , made museum playground , geocaching , newstead swimming pool ( but a bit of a drive )

50 Caz January 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Thanks Mel, bif of a drive to the chocolate shop – but great idea. Can you tell me more about visiting the animals at the special school? Is it an official activities you can take the kids for?
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51 Michelle December 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Bunnings for a sausage and a free face paint on a weekend.

52 Caz December 30, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Yes, great idea. And they offer workshops for the kids too. πŸ™‚
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53 Alby December 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

The Mill Market out on the Western Highway always has some great retro and vintage wares, with modern, new and antique goods as well. The cafe there also has great food and coffee.

54 Caz December 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Oh yes – there are some great things out there. Thank-you πŸ™‚
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55 James Gregg December 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

Hi, you have already listed the skipton rail trail. There is a special place along the trail that is accessible by car Nimmons Bridge. A very large tressel bridge that can be ridden or walked across. Great place for a picnic (one picnic table with a great view) and a great place to take that perfect shot.

56 Caz December 30, 2014 at 11:00 am

Thank you James. That bridge is awesome. I think you are right it deserves a mention all on its own.

57 binki December 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

What about visiting some of our local op-shops to find dress ups and sandpit toys to keep the kids amused at home.

58 Caz December 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

That’s a great idea. Will see if I can find a list of local op shops too.

59 Fiona December 29, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Hi,
The water park on Doveton st nth is great on a hot day. Take a picnic and some chairs and set up under the shade of the trees while watching the kids play. Did this a couple of times last summer and my girls (now 7 & 5) loved it.
Cheers and happy holidays!

60 Caz December 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

Thank you Fiona. Sounds perfect for a hot day. Great one to add.

61 Marissa Prendergast December 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Take the kids yabbing in Vic Park

62 Caz December 29, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Thanks Marissa, where is the dam you use? (Where in Vic part that is?)
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63 Rachael December 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

The Ballarat Tramway museum and historic trams are running every day during the summer school holidays. Can also feed the swans at Lake Wendouree, enjoy a paddle steamer ride, or go in the bubble runners that are operated by Lukeys Paddleboats on nice days. All low cost activities or free.

64 Caz December 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Thanks Rachael. Great ideas.
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65 Caz December 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Actually Rachael can you point me to a link for opening times and days. Ta. Caz
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66 Lisa Wood December 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm

wow Caz, I didn’t realise how many things there was to do for families in Ballarat!!! Sure would love to be there and explore the area, great list you have going…
Our boys love mazes so I reckon we would easily spend time there! They also love playgrounds, I reckon we could see Australia from Playground to Playground – Lal Lal falls sounds like an idea place for kids/families.
Looking forward to the bucket list reaching 100 – Ballarat sounds like the place to be with little ones.

67 Caz December 25, 2014 at 5:54 am

Thanks Lisa. Only 50 more to find. We are pretty lucky hey.

68 Carly W December 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

I’ve been planning the gardens for some time …seems like there are so many wonderful things to do!!
I think a few day trips will be on the cards for Miss 5 and I.
Thanks so much Caz.

69 Caz December 19, 2014 at 9:03 am

Let me know when and we can catch up for a coffee. Still wondering if I should add a few of our more child friendly cafes in too πŸ™‚
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70 edie December 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Walk all the way up or down the sturt st median gardens and study all the statues – a culture & history blast when normally you drive past without seeing them fully. And get ice creams or something from a bakery to enjoy.

71 Caz December 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

So true edie. I actually did that myself last week and it was lovely. You have to be a bit careful crossing the roads but apart from that it’s nice to appreciate some of those things we normally just drive on past.
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72 Gemma December 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Great list, some extra ideas are visit Donegan’s Farm (Gordon), visit Funbugs or Happy Jack’s, go to the skate park, go to the RSPCA pet shop or Pails for Scales and look at the animals, get a cuppa at the cat cafΓ© in Lydiard St, visit Parent Place, play with the train table in Myer. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

73 Caz December 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Awesome. Thanks Gemma. All great ideas.
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74 Talina Edwards December 18, 2014 at 10:08 pm

What a great list Caz! And just in time for the school holidays too!
I still haven’t been to check out prime-ministers and the war-memorial, so love that idea!
Off the top of my head, I would add:
– Le Gerche bushwalk in Creswick through the Oak Gully – it is beautiful! (Info sheet & map available from Creswick Info centre)
– Feed the Alpacas at the Creswick Wool Mills (free)
– Ballarat Library
– Outdoor Pools
– Mt Beckworth (camping/bushwalking)
…umm willl get back to you if I think of any more!

75 Caz December 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

Thanks Talina – all excellent. Yes please let me know if you do think of any more.
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76 Barbara Good December 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

How about something (or several things) around Victoria Park. We live near by so go there a lot. There’s an area with lots of pine trees that my girls call the Secret Woods, we go there looking for fairies. There are a couple of little parks, a duck pond, grassy area good for kicking a ball around and if there’s anything on at the equestrian centre we go and look at the horses. Mr Good takes them further in where they climb the ‘mountain’. And it’s the perfect place to walk the dog.
My other go-to free child centered activity is the library, there’s always lots going on there. Pre-school story time, baby sessions, after school craft or play sessions or just looking at the books and sitting reading some on the couches.

77 Caz December 18, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Vic Park is a great idea Barbara. We’ve spend a few fun afternoons running around the ovals πŸ™‚ Thank-you.
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78 Talina Edwards December 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Yes – Vic Park! My boys loved “The Mullock Heap” there you can climb up!
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79 Louise December 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Selfies with the Prime Ministers in the Botanic Gardens πŸ˜‰ The i-gen love doing this with Aunty Lou! And you get to sneak in a teeny bit of education!

80 Caz December 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

What a great idea Louise. Nice one. Will add it to the Botanical Gardens one.
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81 Dorothy December 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

I’ll be needing these these holidays. Thank you for putting this together.
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82 Caz December 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Let me know if you find any others Dorothy. Would love to add them πŸ™‚
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