Lakeview Hotel Ballarat

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The Lakeview hotel situated on the glorious Lake Wendouree in Ballarat is a great casual family-friendly restaurant in Ballarat. A great place to sit an relax after you finish your 6km walk around the Lake.

Lakeview Hotel Ballarat

We love heading there for breakfast as they make great fresh orange juice. The oranges are kept in the fridge so the juice comes out nice and cold.

Lakeview Hotel

The Lakeview hotel is very family friendly with a good variety of food on the children’s menu and have complimentary colouring in, which we have found a rare commodity in a lot of restaurants nowadays. Most places you have to buy an overpriced colouring-in pack that they finish before the meal comes out. The pictures are a great variety from superheroes, Disney characters, animals on plain white paper.

Lakeview Hotel

The wait staff are friendly and come round quickly after you arrive to make sure you order you can order your drinks even if you are still waiting on others in your party.

Lakeview hotel

It nice to sit and eat your breakfast or lunch watching everyone as the walk Lake Wendouree. Or to reward yourself after a nice walk with a nice cold drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spirit of Tasmania, Day or Night sail?

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So you have decided to visit the Apple Isle? You have decided when you want to go? You have made the decision Do I fly or Do I sail? If you have chosen the Spirit of Tasmania.

Now to make the next decision. Do I choose a day sail or a night sail? Who knew there were so many options.

We have done both and thought we would write a list of the pro’s and con’s of both. Ultimately it comes down to who is travelling with you, and where your priorities lie.

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Length of trip

Day –  9 hours

Night – 11 hours (Whilst it is longer you spend majority of it asleep)

Cost  (Depends on age of Children) 

Day sail is cheaper but……

Day – you can get away without a cabin, Especially if your children are older. However if you have preschool aged children (or younger) I would suggest getting a cabin anyway for day sleeps, space away from people.

Night – Realistically you need a cabin or a recliner (Recliners are not as comfortable and there is nowhere to store your belongings.)

View

Day – Have a great view of Melbourne as you are leaving port, some people have told of seeing dolphin pods on the way across.

Night – Great view of sunset as you travel, or pre-daylight savings great view of Melbourne lights, however once you pass through the Heads, not much to see until you arrive in Devonport

Keeping entertained.

Entertainment depends on the age of the travellers.

No general internet/phone service about thirty minutes after you leave port. However, you can purchase Satellite WiFi in lounge areas for $18. This WiFi is very patchy and you cannot use it for streaming services, ie videos, also not available for some games that require a fast internet connection.

Small playground – great for preschool age, however, will not keep them entertained for hours.

Day sails – face painting, circus performers, trivia, and disco bingo.

Small arcade – very busy and normally unless you get in early more time waiting than playing.

Cinema – extra cost Adults $10, pensioners $7.50 Kids $5

(Limited seats)

two kids movies (day sail) one kid’s movie (Night sail) aimed more at school age plus

Two Adult movies (day and night sail)

You can find out screening times here.

Gaming lounge – Open until midnight on night Sails

Reading room
Realistically there are benefits of both the day or night sail, and you need to look at who is travelling?

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Cabin Spirit of Tasmania

Availability of day sails

Day sails are not always available. Through the winter months there are no day sails, and through spring and autumn, they are once (maybe twice a week). In summer day sails are 3-4 times a week. So if you have a set day you want to sail, you need to keep that in mind.

Head across to the Spirit of Tasmania site to check out their Sailing schedule

My thoughts

I hope this has helped you make an informed decision about taking a day or night sail on the Spirit of Tasmania

Previously when our youngest were toddlers we always headed across on a night sail, booked a four berth inside cabin (fits two portacots) and they slept almost the whole way. Now they are older there are no cabins that fit us all. So if we have the choice for our next trip we will probably head across on a day sail. We will still book a cabin so we have space to relax.

 

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Lal Lal Blast Furnace

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Have you heard about the Lal Lal Blast furnace?

Did you know that it is just twenty minutes out of Ballarat? It is a site which has been classified to be preserved from the National Trust. Yet most people who live in Ballarat would not know its significance.

It is a site of such significance in our early industrial history yet was only operational for four years.

This site is the Lal Lal Blast furnace. The Furnace was built in 1880 by the Lal Lal Iron company. And operated until 1884. Located within the Lal Lal-Bungal Historic Area, just a short drive away from the Beautiful Lal Lal Falls.

There is a free campsite and picnic ground at the Blast furnace, that is provided by Parks Victoria and includes flushing toilets.

The 17-metre ruins of the Blast Furnace and ruins of the iron Mine are found on Iron Mine road at Lal Lal. Once you get to the carpark the signage is not very clear, and the path is a little overgrown but if you can find your way its well worth a walk to see the furnace. There are a great variety of signs explaining all about its history.

Nearby is a great view of the Bungal Dams spillway.

Have you visited Lal Lal Blast furnace before?

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Lal Lal Falls

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Lal Lal Falls

Lal Lal Falls

Just north of Lal Lal, a small town in the Moorabool Shire is the Scenic Lal Lal Falls.

Lal Lal was originally a sheep run. However back in the mid to late 1800’s became the spot of the Lal Lal iron Mining company. It was also the home of the Lal Lal Blast furnace. The Blast furnace still holds significance, as it is the only Blast furnace from the 19th century still standing in all the Southern Hemisphere.

Lal Lal Reserve is located on Lal Lal Falls road. But just twenty minutes out of Ballarat and it is the perfect spot for a Picnic or Barbeque.

Lal Lal reserve is a great little spot, with a couple of barbeques. There are plenty of tables, most are out in the elements. However, a few are under the shade of the rotunda. There are toilets, water fountains and bins available.

Young children will love the quaint little playground with a couple of swings, (one infant, one older style) and two other activities to play with.

As we sat eating our lunch we listened to the sound of the waterfall in the distance, almost calling us to go look. Our food was rushed, as the real reason we came here was not for the playground, the large grass areas, not for lunch. But to see the magnificent Lal Lal Falls. We couldn’t wait to see them as they cascaded off the top of the cliff into the waiting creek below. I have to admit I was a little disappointed to see that they have closed off the path down to the base of the Falls, however, a short 5-minute walk will get you to the viewing point, and it’s well worth a look.

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Ballarat Farmers Market

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Ballarat Farmers Market

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday, Wendouree Parade comes alive with Ballarat Farmer’s market. The market stalls are located between Windmill Drive and Pipers by the Lake near Lake Wendouree. The Farmers market is opposite Ballarat’s botanical gardens.

A great opportunity for you to do your shopping fresh from the farmers and makers.

We took a visit down to the farmers market, and enjoyed a great selection of fresh bread, fresh fruit, dried fruit.

Each week their is a different amount of stalls about 50 on peak days, the produce is varied from fresh jams, teas, vegan friendly snacks, organic fruit and vegetables, mushrooms, fresh lamb, spices, herbs, nuts, dried fruit, cheeses.

The Ballarat Farmers market also has a great selection of food trucks, for coffee, indian food, brownies and other snacks, sausage sizzle and even an amazing Burger truck.

It’s well worth a visit especially on a beautiful Spring Ballarat Day.

Ballarat Farmers Market

Ballarat Farmers Market

Ballarat Farmers Market

Ballarat Farmers Market

 

Ballarat Farmers Market

 

If you want to find out more check out Ballarat Farmers Market facebook page.

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Becoming a tourist.

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Becoming a tourist

Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

I love being a tourist, traveling, exploring new places, taking photos, making memories.
When I am on holidays I morph into the paparazzi. Anyone around me takes one look and can tell I am a tourist, my Nikon SLR around my neck, my backpack on my back full off all the things I need to make the most of the experience. I have even been known to bring out the tripod trying to catch that perfect sunset, or sunrise.

When I am not traveling, I am preparing for my next trip, and that feeling of wanderlust can feel make the long winters at home feel even colder, the work days longer and the mundane tasks of life feel like a world away from where I want to be.

Can you relate? Do you live with the constant desire to see more, do more, experience more?

But do you know there is a solution? Become a tourist in your own backyard. Take a Journey!

tourist in ballarat

The definition of journey is

noun – an act of travelling from one place to another.

verb – travel somewhere.

Taking a journey doesn’t mean you have to travel long distance, you just have to travel from one place to another.

Whether it’s ten minutes from home or ten hours you can still make memories, and experience life, become a tourist in your own backyard.

You don’t realize how beautiful the place you live is until you look at it, with fresh eyes. With eyes that are not busy rushing from here to there. You will learn new things about where you live, and some things might surprise you?

No more sitting around you house bored, no more wasting money at the shops buying stuff because your bored. Instead you will be seeing new things, doing new things and experiencing new things.

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Point Lonsdale to Queenscliff Walking trail.

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the City with a visit to Point Lonsdale. Point Lonsdale is a beautiful seaside town just over 100kms from Melbourne.


Point Lonsdale is one of the Headlands (along with Point Nepean) that frame the Rip or the heads, the only entrance for shipping coming into the port of Melbourne. It is a beautiful place to visit, to stop and have a coffee, for the kids to play at the large playground and a magical place to walk.


Point Lonsdale / Queenscliff now has an amazing walking trail along the beach that shows off the best of the Bellarine Peninsula’s Beaches.


The trail is called ‘the quality of life trail’ it is a walking, jogging, and cycling trail that connects Queenscliff to Point Lonsdale, (or the locals may argue connects Point Lonsdale to Queenscliff.


The local decided that they wanted to encourage locals and tourists alike to enjoy the area, whilst getting fit and healthy and the 5.5km long, largely flat trail was the outcome. The trail is great for people of any fitness level, whether prams, cyclists, joggers or people wanting a more leisurely stroll. The trail is 5.5kms one way or 11kms return.

Every 500 metres there are markers to let you know the distance, there are entrances back up to the road, or down to the beach.


On my recent walk, as I journeyed along snug in my beanie, gloves and warm coat, I watched in awe the amazing men and women climbing into the icy water with nothing more than bathers and a swimming cap to keep them warm. There were many other people braving the cold water on surf and body boards.


If you are lucky you may see some freighters going through the heads, or depending on the time of year you may see Humpbacks and Southern Right whales.

Point Lonsdale

Have you visited Point Lonsdale?

Where are your favourite seaside walks?

 

 

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Fairy Park – Anakie

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Fairy Park – Anakie

Just one hour west of Melbourne and only 60 km out of Ballarat is the magical Fairy Park in Anakie. A must-see destination for those with young children.

The magical Fairy Park opened it’s doors back in 1959, most of the displays were made by hand by Peter Mayer, a German immigrant who purchased the land and opened Fairy Park, his family still runs the Park even now almost 60 years later.

Built on Mount Anakie, the 22 handcrafted scenes from various fairy tales snake their way around and up the hill, with a magical Summit view form Elephant rock at the top.

To enter and pay you drive up the driveway and pay at a ticket box halfway up the long driveway.

Adults are $16 and children 3 years and older are $8.

There are 2 or 3 different places that sell food and beverages however they are only open on weekends, and their times vary. Fairy Park’s website has a calendar that lets you know when they are open. However, if they are closed there are some vending machines around the place.

It is the perfect place to bring a picnic with seats found all over the place not just in the main Picnic areas.

It has three main sections, Fairytale Land, Camelot playground and Elephant Rock picnic grounds and (Electric BBQ’s).

Fairy Park - Anakie
Fairy Park – Anakie

Fairytale Land

Fairytale Land is an enchanting place where your child can see over 22 amazing displays of some well known, and some more obscure fairy tales, myths and legends.

Your children will be enchanted by the Frog Prince, Cinderella, Snow White, sleeping beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and much more.

Camelot Playground

Camelot playground is a favourite with children of all ages, there is so much to do there all based on the medieval theme.

 

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Eclectic Tastes – Ballarat

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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

 

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Scienceworks – Nitty Gritty Super City

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Nitty Gritty Super City

A visit to Science works would not be complete without a trip to Nitty Gritty Super City. Located upstairs this area is designed specifically for children from age 3-8 (although my 9 and 11 year old loved playing with their younger siblings their as well)

There are lots of interactive areas for the children to enjoy.

This exhibit is hands on, the children will be building, pushing, pulling, spinning. There are great carer’s notes near each of the exhibits for you to help guide your child’s activities. Or just let them explore!

Build it

Is a great construction zone which teaches children about pullies, helps them learn about angles whilst building a bridge. Team work as they work together to rebuild a wall. There is a digger to use. A wall to learn about using the right tool for the job.

Build it

Recyclatron

The recyclatron is a great area to teach children how important it is to recycle. How we can turn useful things, like cans, bottles and paper, aren’t wasted, but are saved to be made into new things.

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Cafe

The cafe not only teaches children to work together some children are waiters, some chefs, some patrons of the cafe. It teaches children where our food comes from. What comes from plants and what comes from animals.

Cafe

Music bowl

The music bowl teaches children how musical instruments are made from many different materials, from bamboo, steel, wood, brass. It teaches children how different materials make different sounds. Teaches children about vibrations. Also the different shapes mirrors located around the music bowl are a great way to teach children how the curves in the mirror affect the way you see your reflection.

Music Bowl
Music Bowl

Get around

This is another great area to teach your children about turn taking. The children can sit on a penny farthing, have a turn loading Cargo on a boat. Hoist a flag, use a steering wheel.

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Get around
Get around

Creatures

Children will love learning about tracks that the creatures leave behind as they move around the creatures exhibit. They can learn about microscopes, here animal noises.

 

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Weather

Children learn about the weather in the interactive weather station. They can make their own weather report and learn all about how weather is measured.

Weather
Weather

Interactive Map of Melbourne

One of my children’s favourite part of Nitty gritty Super city was the large interactive Map of Melbourne The children were able to touch the buttons on the side and watch various lego landmarks around Melbourne light up.

Interactive Melbourne Map
Interactive Melbourne Map

 

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