HOT: Winter Wonderlights, Sovereign Hill, 3 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat

The Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights are back for another year as part of the Ballarat’s Winter Festival from 1-30 July 2017. Expect a magical day out in olden day Ballarat with snowfalls, Christmas decorations and stunning light projections! Sovereign Hill is one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations and a place to immerse yourself in […]

Sovereign Hill ‘The Story Lives On’ – Giveaway!

Sovereign Hill Ballarat is an open-air museum that recreates the goldfields town and the lives of its people during the 1850s gold rush. To bring more of the history to life Sovereign Hill has just launched a new campaign called ‘The Story Lives on’. As part of this, they have created three beautiful, cinematic films, depicting […]

HOT: Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July, Sovereign Hill, 3 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat

Make your winter memorable this year with a visit to Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July. The annual event is from Saturday 24 June until Sunday 24 July in 2016. Sovereign Hill is an outdoor museum with replica Victorian-era buildings and structures evoking gold-rush 1850s Ballarat. There is lots to do there – must-dos include panning for […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Family Travel Links on the Web – April 2016

This month I’m experimenting with a new series – a monthly roundup of the best articles around web that I’ve read about family travel. Hope you find it useful and interesting, I’d love to hear your feedback parents@tothotornot.com!   Family Friendly Melbourne Get in touch with nature at Badger Weir Road-testing the 10 Best Freak […]

The HOT List: Family Friendly Ballarat – Top 10 Places to Go With Kids

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. STAY: […]

HOT: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat

Sovereign Hill is an open-air museum in Ballarat which recreates Ballarat’s boom years in the 1850s as a world-famous goldfields township and Victoria’s largest inland city. The theme park is spread over 25 hectares with many original buildings, shops selling authentic souvenirs and guides dressed in period costume. I haven’t been to Sovereign Hill since I […]

HOT: Eureka Gardens playground, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), 102 Stawell St South, Ballarat

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) is a fantastic destination for visitors to Ballarat, particularly if you have kids in tow. M.A.D.E‘s foundations are the physical site of the Eureka Stockade and celebrate the spirit of the uprising. While the exhibitions inside are interesting and well-curated for adults and older kids, for the […]

HOT: The Miner’s Church, 224 Scotchmans Lead Rd. Buninyong

The Miner’s Church is a unique family-friendly accommodation in picturesque Buninyong, a small township close to Ballarat in the Goldfields Region. The 3 bedroom self-contained cottage is the former family home of the hosts, Doug and Julie Brady. The Wesleyan church dates back to the 1850s when Buningyong was bustling with the gold rush and […]

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