Make a splash at Lake Wendouree. A popular local recreational area for more than 150 years, the lake draws a constant stream of visitors for lakeside activities and water sports.
Picnics and cafes
Pack a picnic and make the most of the great picnic and barbecue facilities. (Arrive early in summer to get a good spot!) Or, let someone else take care of catering while you take in the views from lakeside cafes and restaurants.
Make tracks to the Ballarat Tramway Museum on the west side of the lake and take a scenic ride on a historic tram through the Botanic Gardens and part way around the lake.
Walking, running and cycling
Feel the local athletic history and hit the six-kilometre trail circling the lake, named after local Olympic marathon runner Steve Moneghetti. Join countless locals running, strolling and cycling the track year-round. (Bicycles are available for hire at the lake.)
Make a splash canoeing, kayaking and sailing the lake. The site of the canoeing, kayaking and rowing events of the 1956 Olympics, the lake continues to host major rowing regattas and is favourite spot for water sports enthusiasts.
Join keen anglers casting a line from purpose-built fishing platforms around the lake. Local catch includes rainbow trout and redfin.
Bring your binoculars and twitch away. The lake's reed beds are home to an abundant range of water birds including swans, ducks, gulls and cormorants.
Take the smallest family members to explore the two lakeside playgrounds, suitable for toddlers and up.
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Time your visit with weekend markets to stock up on local produce and products. Try the Lakeside Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturday morning of each month.