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With countless community events, fun activities and natural attractions on offer, there's plenty to keep the kids occupied and inspired in the Goldfields. Discover the unique history of the Victorian gold rush, meet knights in shining armour, get back to nature, or join in at local festivals and markets.

Looking for a great family experience but don't want to blow the budget? See the biggest local attractions, from Sovereign Hill to the Golden Dragon Museum, with a Ballarat multi-pass or a Bendigo Experience multi-attraction pass.

Join in the fun

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.

Sunshine and lollipops

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. For the chance to pat kangaroos and get close to other native wildlife, visit the Ballarat Wildlife Park.

Days of old

Learn about the gold rush while panning for real gold at Ballarat's Sovereign Hill. Ride the historic goldfields steam railway from Castlemaine to Maldon or walk in the footsteps of past miners on an underground tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo.

Fairytale frolics

Meet kings, queens and princesses at Kryal Castle and enjoy live performances and horseback heroics. Brave the southern hemisphere's tallest vertical slide at the Discovery Science & Technology Centre in Bendigo and then take in the starry sky at the planetarium. Keep the fun going at the Lake Weeroona adventure playground or at local bowling clubs and cinemas. The little ones will love tumbling around in Bendigo's Mulligrubs Play Centre and Ballarat's Funbugs Playhouse.

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Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum

The Ballarat Observatory is one of the oldest observatories in regional Australia, with one of the best collections of 18th to 21st century...

Museums

Discovery Science & Technology Centre

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

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.

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...

Lakes & waterways

Lake Wendouree

Join visitors and locals alike for lakeside activities and water sports at this ever-popular recreational spot. Arrive there by historic tram!

Entertainment

Escapade Puzzle Games

Escapade Puzzle Games will test your mental strength as you attempt to solve a complex series of puzzles and clues in order to be victorious and...

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.

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.

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Kryal Castle - Adventure Park and Resort

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

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