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Family activities

There's plenty of things to keep the kids occupied in the Goldfields. Discover the unique histories of the Victorian gold rush, meet knights in shining armour, get back to nature, or join in the fun at local festivals and events.

Feeling festive

Bring the kids and take part in one of the many festivals and events held throughout the year. Get revved up and enjoy everything from music festivals, markets and sports carnivals to food festivals, Easter parades and Christmas celebrations.

Under sunny skies

Explore this beautiful region's great outdoors. The Goldfields offer a range of picturesque cycling and walking trails taking in stunning forests, open bushland and historic towns. Head out for a hike, stop for a picnic, see local wildlife, and learn about gold rush history in beautifully preserved towns along the way.

Stars and slides

Brave the southern hemisphere's tallest vertical slide and feel the wind in your hair at 30–40 kilometres per hour at the Discovery Science & Technology Centre. Recover and relax in a beanbag as you take in the starry sky at the planetarium.

By the creek

Learn about the gold rush while spending an afternoon panning for real gold at Sovereign Hill, or walk in the footsteps of past miners on an underground tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine.

Fairytale frolics

Meet kings, queens, princesses, wizards and dragons at Kryal Castle. Stay for live performances, horseback heroics, fine feasts and spine-tingling tales of sorcery.

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Art galleries

Bendigo Pottery

Explore the gallery showcasing ceramics and artwork or throw a pot on the wheel and create your very own piece of art.

Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Gear up in overalls, a miner's hat and lamp and head into underground tunnels in search of gold in a key mine from Bendigo's 19th century gold rush.

Family

Kryal Castle - Adventure Park & Resort

Kryal Castle, Australia's only medieval adventure park and resort, has reopened its doors and is now welcoming visitors.

Museums

Discovery Science & Technology Centre

With loads of interactive exhibits to explore, you will not know what to try first at the Discovery Science & Technology Centre! Be sure to look out...

History & heritage

Bendigo Tramways Vintage Talking Tram

Sit back, relax and let the tram do all the talking as you journey through the past 150 years aboard a majestic Vintage 'Talking' Tram.

Museums

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat

Delve into the stories of the Eureka Stockade, its impact on democracy and freedom in Australia and around the world, in an award-winning museum.

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Ballarat Bird World

At Ballarat Bird World, there are over two hundred Australian and foreign birds to see. It is a rare chance for Australian and overseas visitors to...

Leisure activities

Oz Tenpin Bowling Centre - Ballarat

Ballarat Tenpin Bowling Centre opened on 11th November 1979. Come in and take advantage of the great facilities while relaxing with family, friends...

Gold rush history

Sovereign Hill

Strike it rich with a day out in 1850s Ballarat and pan for gold, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and relive the Eureka Rebellion with sound and light.

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Ballarat Wildlife Park is an award winning Park that is owned and operated by Greg Parker and his family. Founded in February 1985 through a passion...

Family

Gold Rush Golf

Located conveniently on the Western Highway, Gold Rush Mini Golf’s 18 hole themed golf courses are accessible for all ages yet fun and challenging...

Gold rush history

Blood on the Southern Cross

Blood on the Southern Cross tells the dramatic story of the Eureka Uprising by Ballarat's miners against unjust and corrupt colonial rulers. The...

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