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Sonia's Guidebook

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Sonia's Guidebook

Food scene
A short walk away. This spot is well known and well loved among foodies and locals. Pet-friendly!
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Webster's Market And Cafe
61 Webster St
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A short walk away. This spot is well known and well loved among foodies and locals. Pet-friendly!
Eclectic and interesting spot. An old converted garage with a touch of glamour. Lots to imbibe and inspire. Relaxing secluded spot for morning/afternoon break or lunch.
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Such N Such
811 Sturt St
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Eclectic and interesting spot. An old converted garage with a touch of glamour. Lots to imbibe and inspire. Relaxing secluded spot for morning/afternoon break or lunch.
Only a block away. Everyone is raving about this spot. Check it out for yourself!
Johnny Alloo
Only a block away. Everyone is raving about this spot. Check it out for yourself!
Just around the corner at the end of the street. Pop by for a coffee or pot of tea or delicious snack. A local favourite.
The Turret Cafe & Catering
802 Sturt St
Just around the corner at the end of the street. Pop by for a coffee or pot of tea or delicious snack. A local favourite.
As you walk up Webster St this is delightful pit stop on your way to the Lake. Sit in or out and enjoy the superb views.
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Racers Bar & Cafe
2 Wendouree Parade
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As you walk up Webster St this is delightful pit stop on your way to the Lake. Sit in or out and enjoy the superb views.
This is highly recommended. Awesome deck on the Lake serving quality food and drink. Spacious and relaxed. This is one of the three cafe spots situated right on the foreshore. Not so well known to tourists but definitely a local favourite. Great dining on the water and outdoor pizza oven.
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Ballarat Yacht Club
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This is highly recommended. Awesome deck on the Lake serving quality food and drink. Spacious and relaxed. This is one of the three cafe spots situated right on the foreshore. Not so well known to tourists but definitely a local favourite. Great dining on the water and outdoor pizza oven.
Waterfront dining and a comfy stylish place to visit on the Lake. Definitely worth stopping by for a relaxing time out.
Boatshed Restaurant
Waterfront dining and a comfy stylish place to visit on the Lake. Definitely worth stopping by for a relaxing time out.
Top quality ingredients and European style. This is a local institution.
Olive Grove Delicatessen
Top quality ingredients and European style. This is a local institution.
If you visit the Botanical Gardens this is the spot to stop for ice cream or a snack or meal. Opposite the Gardens and on the Lake Foreshore.
Pipers by the Lake
403 Wendouree Parade
If you visit the Botanical Gardens this is the spot to stop for ice cream or a snack or meal. Opposite the Gardens and on the Lake Foreshore.
Great local atmosphere by the Lake. Talk to local producers. Enjoy fantastic local produce. Open second Saturday of each month, 9am-1pm.
Lake Wendouree Farmers Market
315 Wendouree Parade
Great local atmosphere by the Lake. Talk to local producers. Enjoy fantastic local produce. Open second Saturday of each month, 9am-1pm.
This one of the few rare kid friendly cafes. Lots of space for kids to play plus toys. Lots of space for large groups. Or just find a cosy nook and relax.
IneXterior at the Foundry
401 Mair Street
This one of the few rare kid friendly cafes. Lots of space for kids to play plus toys. Lots of space for large groups. Or just find a cosy nook and relax.
Just around the corner is this delightful hideout. Trendy foodie vibe with lots of interesting elegant stylish gifts. Great cafe. Go out the back where you’ll find lots of tables and comfy spots to relax and unwind.
The Foundry (411 Mair St) - formerly The Upholstery Gallery (528 Mair St)
528 Mair St
Just around the corner is this delightful hideout. Trendy foodie vibe with lots of interesting elegant stylish gifts. Great cafe. Go out the back where you’ll find lots of tables and comfy spots to relax and unwind.
A short walk away is this trendy bar which is a local favourite. Enjoy!
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Mitchell Harris Wines
38 Doveton St N
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A short walk away is this trendy bar which is a local favourite. Enjoy!
If you are looking for some quality produce look no further. Stock up for a picnic or just grab a fresh healthy bite. This is a great little family produce shop with a well-deserved reputation for quality.
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Wilsons Fruit and Vegetables
85-91 Mair St E
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If you are looking for some quality produce look no further. Stock up for a picnic or just grab a fresh healthy bite. This is a great little family produce shop with a well-deserved reputation for quality.
Iconic spot on the Lake. Great place for bunch or a pit stop on your walk around the Lake.
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The Lake View Hotel
22 Wendouree Parade
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Iconic spot on the Lake. Great place for bunch or a pit stop on your walk around the Lake.
Sightseeing
A premier national tourist attraction and even though I’m a local I still take my family several times a year. Very kid friendly. Definitely a must!
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Sovereign Hill
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A premier national tourist attraction and even though I’m a local I still take my family several times a year. Very kid friendly. Definitely a must!
Ballarat History Lives Here! Definitely worth a visit. The museum has lots to offer and kids will enjoy too.
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Eureka Centre - Home of the Eureka Flag
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Ballarat History Lives Here! Definitely worth a visit. The museum has lots to offer and kids will enjoy too.
When you visit Sovereign Hill remember to visit the Gold Museum next door. Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the big nuggets of gold and the story of gold.
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The Gold Museum
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When you visit Sovereign Hill remember to visit the Gold Museum next door. Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the big nuggets of gold and the story of gold.
The Botanical Gardens are historic and beautiful. See the busts of all the Prime Ministers since Federation. Find secret pathways and nooks and pavilions. Pop over to Pipers for ice cream or coffee/tea afterward.
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Botanical Gardens
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The Botanical Gardens are historic and beautiful. See the busts of all the Prime Ministers since Federation. Find secret pathways and nooks and pavilions. Pop over to Pipers for ice cream or coffee/tea afterward.
A truly striking historical landmark in Ballarat that forms the entrance of the Avenue of Honour. The Arch is the largest commemorative arch in Australia with a rich local history around its construction. Commences WWI but also other wars and conflicts.
Arch of Victory Memorial
1701-1703 Sturt Street
A truly striking historical landmark in Ballarat that forms the entrance of the Avenue of Honour. The Arch is the largest commemorative arch in Australia with a rich local history around its construction. Commences WWI but also other wars and conflicts.
You can find treasures, bargains and many curiosities here. A colourful local market with something for everyone (including toys for kids!) with a cafe.
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The Amazing Mill Markets - Ballarat
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You can find treasures, bargains and many curiosities here. A colourful local market with something for everyone (including toys for kids!) with a cafe.
A great spot for visitors and very kid-friendly. We are locals but it’s still a nice day out with kids and we always enjoy our visits.
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Ballarat Wildlife Park
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A great spot for visitors and very kid-friendly. We are locals but it’s still a nice day out with kids and we always enjoy our visits.
A magnificent gallery with historical interest and interesting permanent and exhibitions. A great little cafe on site.
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Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard St N
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A magnificent gallery with historical interest and interesting permanent and exhibitions. A great little cafe on site.
A must visit with kids. Great spot for BBQ or picnic. Close to Pipers Cafe and opposite Botanical Gardens.
Lake Wendouree Adventure playground
A must visit with kids. Great spot for BBQ or picnic. Close to Pipers Cafe and opposite Botanical Gardens.
Medieval adventure and myth. A fun family friendly place. Sword fighting, jousting, brave knights and dames, dragons. Step into a fantasy world of another age.
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Kryal Castle
121 Forbes Rd
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Medieval adventure and myth. A fun family friendly place. Sword fighting, jousting, brave knights and dames, dragons. Step into a fantasy world of another age.
Walk or run around the Lake and take in beautiful wetlands, bird life, historic monuments, boat houses, and the Botanical Gardens. Drinking fountains, picnic/play-grounds and seating are dotted around the lake.
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Lake Wendouree
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Walk or run around the Lake and take in beautiful wetlands, bird life, historic monuments, boat houses, and the Botanical Gardens. Drinking fountains, picnic/play-grounds and seating are dotted around the lake.
Enjoy pristine free from the source mineral water. Bring some spare bottles and bottle your own! Visit the Magnificent Gardens and Pavilion Cafe. Play outdoor Chess. Indulge the luxurious Day Spa and pamper packages.
Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve
Enjoy pristine free from the source mineral water. Bring some spare bottles and bottle your own! Visit the Magnificent Gardens and Pavilion Cafe. Play outdoor Chess. Indulge the luxurious Day Spa and pamper packages.
Make time for an unforgettable outing to a nationally and internationally renowned gourmet destination. The famous chef-owner Alla Wolf-Tasker AM is credited with pioneering regional Food and Wine Tourism in Australia and making Daylesford a culinary hub. Explore the picturesque Lake Daylesford.
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Lake House
4 King St
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Make time for an unforgettable outing to a nationally and internationally renowned gourmet destination. The famous chef-owner Alla Wolf-Tasker AM is credited with pioneering regional Food and Wine Tourism in Australia and making Daylesford a culinary hub. Explore the picturesque Lake Daylesford.