Do the cold properly. Go all in & visit the famously frosty Ballarat.
Okay, we know. It IS cold here in the mid-year months of June, July & August. No getting around this! So let’s explore some grand ideas to revel in the icy bite of our chilled city.
Cosy up with brunch next to the roaring fireplace at Johnny Alloo. This historic red brick cafe is the perfect place to begin your arctic adventure. Select from an enticing range of pastries or hot meal offerings alongside a soul-satisfying coffee.
Brave the elements and explore an outdoor activity. To appreciate the comforts of indoors, you must first embrace the sub-zero temperatures slapping at your exposed skin peak wind gust. We suggest a brisk game of disc golf set in the European tree-lined surrounds of Vic Park. Follow the signage to begin your frisbee tournament throughout the 130-hectare grounds. https://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/city/parks-and-outdoors/active-ballarat/disc-golf-ballarat
Time for warmth! Seek refuge from the cold with a mulled wine at the Royal Oak Hotel. Let the combination of cinnamon, star anise, honey & orange cocoon your body in aromatic delight from the comfort of this quaint neighbourhood local. Pair with a classic parma or Sunday roast for the ultimate toasty warm experience.
Take a stroll in the Lydiard street historic precinct. Peruse the bibliophile’s paradise of the Collins bookstore and inhale the glorious floor to ceiling shelves of book selections. Here there is plenty of inspiration to expand that ‘to read’ pile next to your bed. While in the neighbourhood, we also suggest paying a visit to the enchanting Art Gallery of Ballarat, the oldest and largest regional gallery in Australia.
Purchase a family meat pie from the 1816 Bakehouse to smugly heat & consume on arrival home (or accommodation) with minimal effort but maximum satisfaction. Situated in the Armstrong Street food precinct, you’ll probably need to stock up on sourdough & pastries for good measure.
Consider booking an Eerie tour to explore the dark side of Australia’s premier Gold Rush Cemetery in the evening. With any luck, there will be a storm on the horizon to complete the ghostly atmosphere. Hear stories of death, disease, battles, and a range of fascinating and often disturbing stories from Australia’s Gold Rush Era.
Suppose a lighter & brighter night activity is preferred. In that case, the Sovereign Hill Wonderlights is an unmissable spectacle of theatre, dazzling projections & musical scores: unveiled on the main street every evening as soon as the sky is dark enough!