We asked our readers, where they would go on a Ballarat Day Trip? These are their recommendations!
☐ Artvo Immersive Gallery – Become a part of the art with over 11 themed zones. Interactive fun with Priceless photos.
☐ Bacchus Hills Winery – Bacchus March. Great food…outdoor pizza oven. Very family friendly. Great outdoor area for children to run around and play. No playground but children can make their own fun. Would be a good area to set up a treasure hunt. We did shared pizzas but you can order individual meals too.
☐ Bacchus Marsh – Along the Avenue of Honour you can stock up on local farm gate produce and farms where you can pick your own fruit, or go op-shopping. Apparently they are renowned for their big op shops if that’s your thing.
☐ Beaufort – a gorgeous little town with interesting shops, lovely cafes and pretty parks.
☐ Belgrave – All aboard the Puffing Billy and journey through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges.
☐ Blackwood – Highly recommend a little visit down to Blackwood to the gorgeous gardens at “St Erth”. Great for a picnic with the kids and an explore, theres also a cafe, Diggers nursery and giftshop.
☐ Blampied – Visit the Overwrought Garden & Gallery as well as the Maze House for a fun afternoon on the way to Daylesford
☐ Carlton – A day trip to the Carlton Gardens and the Melbourne Museum, see all their amazing exhibits come to life before your eyes.
☐ Daylesford – who doesn’t love Daylesford? The shops and cafes are endless, the Hepburn Natural Springs are nearby, the lake and beautiful picnic and camping areas. Old churches, the Sunday Market and just outside the Swiss Mountain Hotel! Stop in for a beverage or a meal. It’s so cute. They do great coffee and cake too.
☐ Docklands – Ride the Melbourne Star, one of the southern hemispheres only giant observation Wheels, day or night with spectacular views over Melbourne CBD. Visit Wonderland Juinor, an inner city fun park offering a whimsical family experience for the young and young at heart. Blacklight mini golf, and much more. And don’t forget Costco for the bulk shopper in you.
☐ Eltham – Visit the Diamond Valley Railway for a miniature train ride, the kids will love it.
☐ Eureka Skydeck and the Edge – The best views of Melbourne from anywhere! With 360 degree floor to ceiling views of Melbourne. Get a thrill with the Edge experience in the glass cube suspended almost 300 meters above the ground.
☐ Fitzroy Gardens – Explore the fairies tree, children’s play ground featuring a dragon and Giraffe swings, scarred tree, Miniature Village featuring scale model of Shakespeare’s home and Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Search for all the wonderful statues and fountains. and much more.
☐ Great Ocean Road – Famous the world around and lots of towns to visit, lookouts along the way and take a dip in the ocean.
☐ Healsville Sanctuary – Get close to Australian Wildlife at Healsville Sanctuary where they are fighting extinction.
☐ Ice Bar Melbourne – The IceBar is not just for grown-ups – children are also welcome Thursday to Monday from 11am – 7pm!
☐ Lake Burrumbeet – a huge lake for water sports, fishing, camping, walking and more.
☐ Maldon – antiques, cafes, old pubs, beautiful shops and parks and historical sites everywhere. Try out the old train rides from Castlemaine to Maldon!
☐ Maryborough – if you go to Talbot, you might as well keep going to Maryborough. It’s about the same distance from Ballarat and Bendigo and it’s like a mini version of each. The train station has been magnificently restored and has a huge playground near by. They have loads of shops and attractions around town. Google it and see what you can find, or just stop in at the Visitor Centre for ideas. Or you can catch the train from Ballarat at 10:45am and return from Maryborough at 2:45pm. It gives you just enough time to have a quick play, some lunch and a look around the shops or parks. A great weekday trip even for the little ones. Red House Bakery have an indoor playground that is free when you purchase food!
☐ Melbourne Aquarium – Spend the day getting lost in the dance of the of the beautiful sea animals.
☐ Melbourne Airport ViewPoint – 1 Sunbury Rd, Bulla. Park your car with other onlookers to watch the planes leaving overhead with an Ice-Cream truck for a quick snack but be aware there are no toilets here.
☐ Melbourne Zoo – Go on a wildlife adventure though the Melbourne Zoo
☐ Mornington Peninsula – Athurs Seat Eagle. The ride lets you enjoy an Eagle’s view in the safety and comfort of a gondola cabin. Each journey takes approximately 14 minutes one way.
☐ Mt Cole – As magnificent as the Grampians, but only half the distance. Stop in for a coffee & muffin at Sparrows Cafe along the Way
☐ Otway Rangers – Take a walk in the treetops, fly through the tree tops on the Otway fly zip line, become a rain forest ranger.
☐ Provedore, Melbourne Rd (Western Fwy) – Just out of town is the new Provedore Cafe with a great Pizza menu. Beautiful open fire places, local wines and soft drinks, and right next door is the Gold Rush Mini Golf, Amazing Mill Markets and Ozzie Creations store. You could spend a whole afternoon there!
☐ Pykes Creek Resevoir – between Ballan and Myrniong with picnic and play areas and you can swim, ski or fish.
☐ Queenscliff – Sorrento – Take your car on the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento and spend the day exploring. First ferry departs from 7am last ferry departs from Sorrento at 6pm (7pm during peak times)
☐ Shepparton Kids Town – Hours of entertainment for kids of all abilities. a fully fenced play space over 5 acres, giants slides, train rides, dairy maze and more.
☐ Spotswood – Visit Scienceworks, play with science and challenge your mind.
☐ St Kilda – Step inside Mr Moons Giant mouth and enjoy rides, attractions and fantastic carnival flair at Luna Park, Relax on the beach or Find amazing treasures at the St Kilda market on Sundays
☐ Talbot – The Talbot Market is one of the BEST farmer’s markets in the state! The little stores and buildings are beautiful, especially great if you have an avid Instagrammer in the family. And if you want a spooky treat, drive off down the road towards Amherst / Avoca and stop in at the Amherst Cemetery.
☐ Tuki Trout Farm – it’s not anywhere as gross as it sounds (quoted from one of our readers). Beautiful scenery, magnificent wedding venues.
☐ Vaughn Springs – Take a picnic or BBQ and in the peace of the springs, Experience the giant slide, Natural Spring water and walking tracks. you could even have a dip in the swimming area in the warm months.
☐ Wallace – the Wallace Pub is one of the cutest hotels around the outskirts of Ballarat. Kids can play outdoors in the gardens, climb the trees, hide in the shadows, try some bocce and the food and atmosphere is great for the whole family. When you go there…check out the ladies toilets!
☐ Werribee Zoo – Get up close to the animals at this open range Zoo
☐ Woodend – Children’s Park, set amongst the native trees, offering a large array of diverse and challenging play equipment. With a toddler and juinor area fully fenced.
☐ Yarra Valley Hedgeend Maze – More than just a Maze, a play space with lots of different experiences to stimualte your learning and thinking
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