Ballarat is one of Victoria’s major regional centres in the centre of the Goldfields region. The 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne means its doable in a day but with so many things to do and places to eat it’s worthwhile enjoying a longer stay.
Here are our family-friendly tips for a weekend away to Ballarat.
We chose to visit Ballarat on a particularly busy weekend (Clunes Booktown Festival) so we decided to base ourselves in the outskirts of Ballarat in Buninyong, about a 20 minute drive. Thanks to a reader tip we stayed in The Miners Church. I was such a wonderfully quirky place and so kid-friendly that we can’t wait to return.
Our 3 bedroom cottage was $200 a night. This included a substantial cook-your-own breakfast with freshly laid eggs, bacon, homemade bread, cereal, and muffins. The owners provided a portacot and high chair at no extra charge. Best of all, kids had a ball, with gardens to explore, trees to climb and a whole separate games room in a replica schoolhouse. READ THE REVIEW.
4. L’Espresso – the best coffee in Ballarat (so I’m told) and the food was pretty good but the venue can be too squashy and dark with young children who want to move around!
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For more tourist information for Ballarat and surrounds go to Visit Ballarat.
What are your favourite tips for family-friendly Ballarat?