Ballarat Winter Festival 2017

4th July, 2017

This past weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to Ballarat to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Ballarat Winter Festival.

We kicked off the weekend at Sovereign Hill.
By day – you can explore the grounds – try your hand at old school pin bowling and panning for gold. Shop for delicious boiled lollies at the famous Browns Confectionery (you simply can’t go past the Raspberry Drops!).
As the sun goes down, the main street comes alive with the most beautiful light show. Snow flakes fall and Christmas Carols play. It is truly beautiful. Christmas in July at its finest.
There is a huge list of options for dining. We enjoyed one of the yummy award-winning pies from Hope Bakery.
My very favourite part of the Winter Wonderlight show is seeing the look on the kids faces. Pure magic.

We left Sovereign Hill at about 7:30pm and took a hop, skip and a jump over the road to the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre where we were staying for the night. The room was warm and cozy and we had a great set up for our family of 4.
After a good nights sleep, we wandered around the immaculately kept grounds to Billy’s Bistro for a buffet breakfast. They had everything you can imagine from fresh fruits and bacon to scrambled eggs and Danish pastries. Great coffee too!!

We checked out of the Hotel and headed to The Winter Hub in Central Ballarat.
So much fun to be had.
Ice Skating, Frozen Forest, Inflatable Igloo and Giant Slide.
(Note: Tickets available for the slide at the Town Hall across the road).
I sure gave the kids a run for their money on the Ice rink!
This is the place to be for kids of all ages. Little ones get special skates that can clip over their shoes and also little Penguins to push along for balance. I definitely recommend giving the ice skating a go!

Early afternoon we headed over to enjoy a very tasty lunch at Saltbush Kitchen.
Saltbush Kitchen is the cafe at MADE (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka) and features Australian bush food with a gourmet twist.
This place was amazing!
We ordered a smorgasbord for lunch. I enjoyed the Pumpkin & Quinoa Salad with bush spiced chicken and a cup of Rivermint Tea. We also tried the Strawberry Gum and Wattleseed Milkshakes – WOW!
We then wandered around to explore the Our Wonderful World interactive exhibit. The kids loved making little artworks from coloured stickers and leaving their mark.
We had some great conversations about what they think makes the world wonderful and how they can play their part.


A fabulous weekend away with my little family.
Big thanks for having us once again Visit Ballarat.

If you would like to explore Ballarat this July – the Winter Festival is running until 30th July.
You can learn all about it here.

Hope you’re all keeping well and warm.

Big love,


Disclaimer: A few of these images are from the 2016 Winter Festival. They were just too good to not share! x

Thankyou to the team at Visit Ballarat who hosted our weekend away. We had a wonderful time together enjoying all that the Winter Festival has to offer.
As always, all words and opinions are my own.





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