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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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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...

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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...

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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The Zone Fun Park

The Zone Fun Park is the ultimate venue for fun in Bendigo. With a range of activities that provide not just a ride but an experience, there is sure...

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.

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.

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.

Gold rush history

Victorian Goldfields Railway

Get the kids together for a memorable day out on this authentic steam railway, linking the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon.

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Ballarat Bird World

At Ballarat Bird World visitors can see the colours of Australian bird life. Ballarat Bird World is open weekends from 10am until 5pm. Take a walk...

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