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HOT: Eureka Gardens playground, Ballarat

The Eureka Centre – Home of the Eureka Flag, is a fantastic destination for visitors to Ballarat. If you have kids in tow they'll love the Eureka Gardens themed playground!

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This is the physical site of the Eureka Stockade and you can view the iconic Eureka flag and celebrate the spirit of the uprising.

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In keeping with the historical context, the playground has a military feel to it. There are wooden soldiers for hiding behind, a battle drum to hit and even the spinning dice feature military motifs.

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A wooden war horse reclines on the bank.

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The main fort structure is built like a stockade and consists of numerous wooden ramps, hidey holes and towers with rope climbs, fireman’s poles and slides for getting up and down.  There are also a bank of two swings with a sweeping vista on the building below.

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Note the layout of the playground means that it sightlines are often obscured. The playground is far away from the pond to not be a problem though the play area is unfenced. The playground is set amongst lovely gardens with BBQs and shaded picnic tables.

HOT Tips:

  • dress everyone in bright clothing so it’s easy for you to spot kids and vice versa;
  • unshaded and unfenced;
  • suitable for toddlers;
  • suitable for older children;
  • BBQ, picnic seating and tables,
  • great cafe inside M.A.D.E;
  • toilets with change facilities are available inside M.A.D.E.; and
  • If you're a Ballarat resident, show your ID and you get free admission into the museum.
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As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

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