Clay Motion Kids school holiday program

Clay Motion

ClayMotion classes and workshops for children are designed to encourage individual creativity, fine motor skills and tactile development, all of which are important skills to hone in our current modern fast paced technological world. Offering pottery, mosaics and acrylic pouring over the two weeks of the school holidays, please visit the website for the class schedule. 

Netfit School Holiday Program

Netfit Netball

NETFIT has introduced COVID-19-safe measures to  facilitate physical exercise, in-line with up-to-date Federal & State Government advice along with each club’s own protocols to ensure safe delivery of NETFIT’S traditional fitness and coaching sessions. NETFIT is Netball specific, fitness and skills workouts with professionally delivered warm-up stretching exercise routines and warm down Q&A with elite level players and professionally trained NETFIT Ambassadors.

Faraway Fridays at Collins Booksellers

Collins Booksellers

‘Faraway Fridays’ will be held one Friday every month and will be dedicated to exploring one story for the entire session.  Imagine listening to The Wizard of Oz whilst sitting on the yellow brick road, hearing about Harry Potter from Professor McGonagall or learning about the Magic Faraway Tree and all its characters. This activity is perfect for preschoolers aged 3 – 5 years old

 Hosted by Read by Renee and held at the gorgeous location of Collins Booksellers on Lydiard.

Faraway Tuesdays at Collins Booksellers

Collins Booksellers

Step into the magical world of children’s adventures with Faraway Storytelling where you will travel from a world of dinosaurs to a toadstool village for fairies and all the places in between.

Faraway Storytelling at Collins Booksellers will be held every Tuesday at 10am.  It is ideal for children aged 3 – 5 years and for parents who want to relax for a moment while their children listen to a story for half an hour.

Winter is Coming Gift Box

Vegas and Rose

Winter is Coming Gift Box. Our Winter is Coming Gift Box will help you get through even the coldest of days! Supporting our local producers from Ballarat and Blackwood in country Victoria.

• Chilli infused Drinking Chocolate, Grounded Pleasures 

• Exquisite Marshmallows, Grounded Pleasures

• Vegas & Rose box of 4 Brownies (gf) 

• Vegas & Rose, The Relish, tomato + paprika 

• The Cottage Herbalist, Elderberry Blush Tea 

• The Cottage Herbalist, Fire Cider Tonic

Available for pick up at the little pink door or free delivery in Ballarat CBD area. 

Winter Fashion - brave the cold at Central Square!

Central Square

Winter Fashion – brave the cold at Central Square!

Find your new favourite winter boots, snuggly coat with the warmest scarf and beanie combination.

Central Square Shopping Centre is home to Myer and Target plus many fashion specialty stores and is your perfect shopping destination for winter.

100 Faces exhibition

Playing in the Attic

29 local artists have been busy during lockdown creating faces. 100 mini works of art have been made using different mediums and styles and are grouped together to showcase our amazing local talent. You may find amongst these faces local identities, storybook characters, famous people, animals and even the moon!

27 June – 19 July 2020

Playing in the Attic, 119a Sturt Street, Ballarat (at the entrance to the BMI)

BE active with BALC this winter

Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre

  •  (03) 5334 2499
  • Prince of Wales Recreation Reserve - Pt, Gillies St N, Lake Gardens VIC 3350
  • Monday to Friday: 6am – 9pm Saturday: 6am – 6pm Sunday: 8am – 6pm *Hours may differ due to COVID-19
  • Book online today

The Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre is bringing virtual and in person sessions to you this Winter! Join our gymnastics team online for Balance Play for the little ones and strength and stretching for the older kids. If you can’t make it into the Health Club for a session, our fitness team has also put together some workouts that you can do at home without equipment. They also have advice for what you can use around the house if you do want to add some weights into your workouts. Be active with BALC this Winter.

Escape the everyday at Kryal Castle

Kryal Castle

  • (03) 5334 8500
  • 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek VIC 3352
  • Monday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm
  • Tickets need to be pre-purchased on-line at to ensure numbers are not exceeded and to avoid disappointment at the gate.

Kryal Castle is lowering the drawbridge and will reopen Sat 27th of June 10am-4pm every day of the Victorian School Holidays and weekends. You can escape the every day at Kryal Castle by staying in one of our 22 on-site Castle Suites. Experience the intrigue and mystery of the fortress and wander the grounds of The Castle. Kryal Castle is a perfect  base from which to enjoy all Ballarat has on offer.

Winter at The Wildlife Park

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Escape the Iso Blues and take a drive to The Ballarat Wildlife Park. Warm up with some comfort food from the café as you wander around and meet some of the animals that call BWP home. Visit the Park during the Winter months of June to September and go into the draw to win an up close and personal Animal Encounter. Our friendly staff and furry friends are ready for visitors.

Eureka Centre is located at the site of Eureka Rebellion!

Eureka Centre

The Eureka Centre is located at the Eureka Stockade Memorial Park – the historic site of the 1854 Eureka Rebellion. It is home to one of Australia’s most revered cultural objects – the Eureka Flag. The Eureka Centre explores the cultural impact of the gold rush and tells the stories of the men and women who risked their lives in the fight for miners’ rights. 

The Bridge, open for business

Bridge Mall

We’re pleased to advise the Bridge Mall stores are open for business. With so many independent local businesses at The Bridge and two hours free parking, it’s a unique shopping experience in Ballarat that supports the wider Ballarat community. See you at The Bridge.

KitteLty's & Grounded Pleasures WINTER S'mores Pack


S’Mores pack

Embrace the Ballarat Winter, get outside and warm up by a campfire and make your own sweet S’Mores while enjoying an exquisite hot chocolate these school holidays. Everything you need is included in this limited availability instant feel good pack. This pack will be available for purchase any time of the week and delivered each Saturday (27th, 4th, 11th July)

Price $45 delivered


Exquisite Hot Chocolate

Exquisite Marshmallows

Block of chocolate

Kittelty’s Graham crackers

Kittlety's & Grounded Pleasures WINTER S'mores Pack

Grounded Pleasures

S’Mores pack

Embrace the Ballarat Winter, get outside and warm up by a campfire and make your own sweet S’Mores while enjoying an exquisite hot chocolate these school holidays. Everything you need is included in this limited availability instant feel good pack. This pack will be available for purchase any time of the week and delivered each Saturday (27th, 4th, 11th July)

Price $45 delivered


Exquisite Hot Chocolate

Exquisite Marshmallows

Block chocolate

Kittelty’s Graham crackers

$10.00 Coffee & Cake

The Golden City Hotel

  • (03) 5331 6211
  • 427 Sturt Street, Ballarat, VIC 3350
  • Monday – Friday 7am – 1am, Saturday 8am-1am, Sunday 8am-11pm
  • Delivery available through Uber eats and pick-up through the Skip App or PH. 53316211
  • Fireplace available

Come into the Golden City Hotel to warm up over the Winter holidays and enjoy coffee, T2 Tea or a milkshake with a slice of cake from the cake display for only $10! Available between 10am and 5pm each day. 

While visiting us, be sure to enjoy our all-day menu.  Providing a variety for all, whether you’re after breakfast, lunch or dinner, we have something for the whole family. Our daily specials board provides seasonal dishes from our local producers and is sure to please. Our cakes and biscuits are made in-house and will accompany your coffee for that morning or afternoon pick me up. 

Stay 3 Pay 2

Sovereign Park Motor Inn

We are Open! 

Book 2 nights of accommodation in any room type and receive a third night FREE. 

Our restaurant is open for meals with a brand new menu.  Dine in, take away and room service all available 7 days a week. Our indoor pool is heated to 33 degrees and ready for you to enjoy. Come visit Ballarat these school holidays and stay with us!

Visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat

Art Gallery of Ballarat

The Art Gallery of Ballarat reopens its doors from Wednesday 1st July to a limited number of visitors from 10am-5pm daily using a free, timed entry ticket system.  The Art Gallery of Ballarat is Australia’s oldest regional Gallery with a remarkably comprehensive collection of Australian Art. Visitors have the opportunity to walk through the history of Australian art, with important representative works from colonial to contemporary periods.

To reserve your tickets or for more competition information – please visit:

You’re Invited to Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill will re-open to the public on Saturday June 27, and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the immediate future. Offering up to 50% discount, tickets must be purchased online. Prices will be kept in place throughout the school holidays to thank audiences for their support during closure.

Ballarat Libraries

Libraries have been permitted to open with no more than 20 people allowed in each separate space at any one time, as well as employees reasonably required to operate the space.

Ballarat and Wendouree Libraries re-opened on 1 June with initially shorter opening hours of 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Sebastopol Library has also re-opened Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.
For more information about City of Ballarat facilities visit

Ballarat Information Centre

Ballarat Information Centre

 The Ballarat Information Centre will be operating a pop-up service temporarily from the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

 Operating hours are 10am – 4pm. 

All visitor information activities will maintain social distancing and will be in accordance with all the strict COVID-19 procedures already in place at both venues. 

The Information Centre offers detailed information on the full range of Ballarat’s attractions and accommodation options.  

For more information please visit:

Bridge Mall Makers and Farmers Market

Bridge Mall Farmers and Makers Market

Buy direct from the farmers, bakers, growers and makers. Sample fabulous produce, enjoy a coffee and a tasty bite to eat while listening to local artists playing live in the Mall. Free Animal Farm, and enjoy the Facepainting, Jumping Castle or the Childrens Playground.

The market offers a fun and vibrant community hub with stacks of activities, local music, community events and bagfuls of information. Speaking of which, please bring your own bags because we like to minimise our impact.

Apartment Style Hotel Stay

Quest Hotel

Winter Fest Special offer at Quest Ballarat!

Mention the Ballarat Virtual Winter Festival when booking at Quest Ballarat in July 2020 and receive a 10% discount on your accommodation. Offer is subject to availability at the time of booking and is only valid for stays in July 2020. 

Quest Ballarat serviced apartment style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Ballarat accommodation experience perfect for short or long stays. Located in the heart of Ballarat, Quest Ballarat is perfectly positioned within close proximity to Sovereign Hill and the open-air gold museum. The historic building was redeveloped from its former existence as Loreto College and opened in 2010. Surrounding the hotel you will find Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat CBD shopping precinct, and Art Galleries.  



Griffin Burger

  • (03) 5333 1740
  • Monday – Tuesday: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wednesday – Thursday :11:00 AM - 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday – Sunday : 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Pre order + pre pay with bopple - download bopple from the app store to skip the queue!

Family business – Unique burgers – Gluten Friendly – Vegan Options – Fully licenced

Established 1857 Soldiers Hill, Ballarat. Fully renovated 2020.

North Star Hotel

Established 1857 Soldiers Hill, Ballarat. Fully renovated 2020.
Ballarat’s newest venue is ready to welcome you from July 1st. Make a reservation to enjoy a meal and beverage with us!

Higher Society

Enjoy Higher Society Eatery for Breakfast, Brunch or lunch. With an all day menu available you will be sure to find the meal for you. Higher Society isn’t like any other Ballarat Cafe – pop in and see for yourself.

Welcome Back

Cafe Lekker

Come down, grab a coffee and some breaky (dine in or take away) and check out what we’ve been up to while our doors were closed!

Bell Tower Inn

Stay 3 Pay 2!

Book 2 nights of accommodation in any room type and receive a third night FREE

Bell Tower Ballarat has standard family rooms or larger divided family rooms and an indoor swimming pool. Create memories and family fun, with discount vouchers to some of Ballarat’s must-do activities. Discount vouchers for Ten-pin Bowling, Gold Rush Mini Golf, Xtreme Bounce, Kryal Castle and Lazy Moe’s restaurant.

RJM's Wine Bar

A touch of art deco, shimmering chandeliers, and a log fire provides a warm ambience indoors. Outside, our beautiful, secluded alfresco area is an alternative for those preferring the outdoors. Our focus is local; 60 wines by the bottle with tasting notes, 12 alternated weekly by the glass. New winter menu.