Eclectic Tastes – Ballarat

Located in the famous Goldfields town of Ballarat is the ” Eclectic Tastes Café and Pantry ”

This gorgeous cafe is the perfect place to stop for breakfast or lunch when you are exploring this beautiful goldfields town.

As the name suggests the decor is a real eclectic mix, the tables lined with paper so children and adults alike can draw whilst they wait for their food and drinks to arrive.

Each time we go the food does not disappoint with great fresh food, and freshly squeezed juices, combined with great service.

It’s easy to get a carpark as its a bit out of town,  only a stone’s through from Lake Wendouree.

eclectic Taste

eclectic Taste

eclectic Taste

eclectic Taste

 

Ballarat Tramway Museum

Ballarat Tramway museum.

A Hidden treasure of Ballarat

It’s amazing you can live in a town, wander regularly around the lake but still miss this little Gem. The tramway museum located alongside Ballarat’s Botanical gardens.

The tram depot at the Southern End of the Lake is home to a fascinating museum full of research collections, photographs, interactive displays, and trams. The museum is free to enter and manned by volunteers, however if you appreciate all the hard work and time they put into it their is a place to put a gold coin donation.

Whilst looking around the museum it is very interactive. You can get on and off most of the trams and take a photo in the drivers seat. As it is manned by volunteers it’s hours are a little sporadic as their focus is to have the Trams running along the lake first.

Our favorite tram to see was the Horse Tram No. 1 which was built back in 1887, and restored over a five year period between 1987 – 1992.

 

Ballarat Tramway museum
A hidden treasure.
Ballarat Tramway museum
Get in the drivers seat.
Ballarat Tramway museum
History of the Tram and the Commonwealth Games.
Ballarat Tramway museum
Climb into the Tram to find many interactive displays
Ballarat Tramway museum
Get in the drivers seat
Ballarat Tramway museum
Little ones will love playing with a train-set
Ballarat Tramway museum
Purchase Souvenirs at their little shop

In the main tram you will be surprised to see the amount of detail, and information you can find. It has a great area for younger children to play with a trainset to give you time to read all about the history of the trams. A cute little shop full of tram and transport related memorabilia.

Take a ride in history

If you want an even more excitement, In the school holidays and on the weekends the historic trams run along a 1.3km section of rail alongside Lake Wendouree, each afternoon. These authentic Ballarat trams were Ballarat’s main public transport up until the 70’s and some are over 100 years old.

 

Lake Wendouree – Ballarat

Lake Wendouree – Ballarat

A visit to Ballarat would not be complete without a visit to “The Lake” Lake Wendouree.

Who would have thought that this gorgeous lake a tourist draw card of Ballarat that has over 3,860 ML of water was dry from 2004 until 2010, especially now with the Lake overflowing flooding 90% of the boat sheds dotted around.

Lake Wendouree is a large shallow lake located in Ballarat, it is an artificial lake that was made when the Yuille swamp was dammed back in the 1850s for use as the water supply during the Gold rush.

The name Wendouree (which is also the name of the neighbouring suburb comes from the WS Yuille the initial surveyor of the swamp. When he arrived at the swamp he found a local indigenous women there. Interested about the local name he asked her and she replied “WENDAAREE” and with that the name was recorded, incidentally what she was trying to tell him was to “Go away”.

So the Lake name means “Lake go away”

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

Now is a great time to go for a walk around the lake with 6k of great walking / jogging / riding track. There are 4 great cafe’s / restaurants dotted around, a kiosk and on the weekends an ice -cream tram.

There is also a historic vintage electric tramway that operates around the botanical gardens side of the lake.

Paddle steamers, Rowing, Canoeing and fishing also make up a large reason that it is a big tourist drawcard in Ballarat.

It Snowed in Ballarat!

It snowed in Ballarat

Something magical happened in Ballarat on Friday. It snowed in Ballarat. It fell, whilst not enough to settle on the ground, it was enough for children young and old to get caught up in the magic of it.

All around Ballarat children ran around outside to feel the snow hit their face. For a moment the cold, sub zero temperature didn’t matter anymore, all that mattered was that soft white snow was falling.

Children (and some crazy adults) braved the cold, to experience the joy, the magic of snow.

Their is something beautiful, even magical about seeing individual snow flakes fall to the ground.