It’s all about long summer days and warm balmy nights in Ballarat right now, so get your friends and family together and hit the road for a weekend of summer fun in regional Victoria.
Fancy fishing for trout on lazy summer days then lingering for a feast made from regional produce for a real pond-to-plate experience at Tuki Trout Farm?
Or how about learning how to make pizza with the pros at The Forge? Why not add in a Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat experience so the kids can start their own honey production line as a pet project?
You might already know all about our award-winning attractions, where the kids can spend days exploring the goldfields at Sovereign Hill, feeding the free-roaming kangaroos at the Ballarat Wildlife Park or even learning how to joust with the best at Kryal Castle, but there is so much more to discover in Ballarat.
Our warm days and balmy evenings make Ballarat the best place to bring the family for summer fun. And even better, tire the kids out so you can enjoy evenings filled with the best food and drink regional Victoria has to offer.
Here’s 10 of our favourite things to do during summer in Ballarat:
10. Take in Ballarat from a new perspective. Catch a ride on a heritage tram, jump on board a paddlesteamer at Lake Wendouree or, hire a retro bike from The Provincial and explore the city on two wheels.
9. Pack a picnic basket full of local produce, or pick-up a grazing board from Mitchell Harris and watch the sunset at Lake Wendouree
8. Check out the cellar door at Kilderkin Distillery & Red Duck Brewery
7. Cool down with a loaded milkshake at one of the city’s many cafes, or find your next favourite gelato flavour from Il Piccolo
6. Take a day trip to the Pyrenees Wine Region; it’s right on Ballarat’s doorstep
5. Listen to live music from one of the city’s coolest beer gardens
4. Get everyone together and let the region’s chefs serve you up some of the best produce long into the evening
3. Be tempted by top tipples at one of the city’s favourite hidden bars
2. Try your hand at a makers and creators workshop, from beer school at Aunty Jacks to beekeeping and ceramics classes, you’re spoilt for choice
1. Explore the region’s natural swimming holes