Things to do in Ballarat
Ballarat is a city of rich history, making it the perfect inland holiday for those looking to brush up on their Australian knowledge in a fun and interesting way.
Whether you’re looking for a fun day of family activity, wanting to find gold or you just want to soak up some nature, Ballarat has activities for young and old.
Attractions and experiences in Ballarat
No visit to Ballarat is complete without a visit to Sovereign Hill. While some might remember heading there on school excursions way back when, the program is constantly revised to keep it a new and engaging experience on each visit.
The tourist attraction is an authentically recreated town that brings the Gold Rush of the 1850s to life, and is set on a former gold mining site. Set with coach rides, panning for gold experiences, candle making, old timey characters and stores, costumes, foods and activities, you can spend a day (and in winter, a wonderlights night!) getting lost in the past at this fun and interactive experience for the whole family to enjoy.
Featuring a sprawling medieval village of activities including jousting, archery, sword fighting, wizardry and more, get ready for a day like no other at Australia’s only medieval theme park.
Take a photo in 15th century costumes or a seat as a knight at the round table, grab some books on witchcraft and wizardry, lose yourself in the lavish castles, tunnels and old time shoppes with activities and fun for all ages with a visit to Kryal Castle.
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Animal shows, tours, close up encounters and even the world’s smallest penguins? See all this and more at Ballarat Wildlife Park, featuring a range of beloved Australian animals like kangaroos and saltwater crocodiles amongst Sumatran tigers, friendly meerkats, giant tortoises and even a Komodo Dragon.
Gold Rush Mini Golf
Come rain or shine, you can get lost in the fun at Gold Rush Mini Golf in Ballarat. Featuring two themed courses (one indoor devoted to dinosaurs and one outdoor celebrating the gold rush history), and featuring a sculpture of The Big Miner to join the list of Big Things on a holiday drive, it’s sure to keep you entertained from dawn to dark.
During the day, consider a stroll through the Art Gallery of Ballarat, which features free guided tours at 11 am daily and a rotating range of exhibitions featuring Australian impressionists, ceramics, Indigenous art, metalworks, Australian paintings and more.