This article was originally published on Outdoria.com.au.
Only a short drive from Melbourne, Ballarat is a regional town with more surprises than a flash of gold in the pan. A stunning location with awesome opportunities for fishing, canoeing, eating, drinking and every Aussie’s favourite outdoor experience, camping.
Whether you tow a camper trailer, you drive an RV or you simply prefer to load the boot with your camping gear and head to the nearest national park, Ballarat has a range of options suited to your favourite style of camping.
BIG4 Goldfields Holiday Park
Whether you are travelling with the kids, or you simply enjoy the comforts of home and sharing stories with other campers, registered campgrounds and holiday parks are a great way to experience all that Ballarat has to offer the budding outdoor adventurer.
BIG4 Goldfields is the perfect spot to set up base camp with the whole family. Only 300 metres away from Sovereign Hill, BIG4 has powered sites for camper trailers and RVs, unpowered sites for tent camping, and cabins in a range of options for campers on any budget.
Let the kids loose on the adventure playground while you challenge you mates to a game of giant chess — just make sure someone’s on BBQ duty. Enjoy a game of tennis, while the kids play on the giant jumping pillows, before hitting the pool. The list of activities goes on and on: there won’t be any cries of “I’m bored” at BIG4 Goldfields.
And when you’ve checked out all that BIG4 has to offer, you are right in the heart of the town, ready to explore Ballarat. Sovereign Hill is a must, of course, but don’t forget that there is more to Ballarat than meets the eye. If you’ve brought the bikes along, get out on the Goldfields Track and get close to real Australian nature.
For a great half-day adventure, take a trip north to Tuki Trout Farm and catch a fish to bring home for dinner. Or if you have brought your own gear with you, wake up early and cast a line into Lake Wendouree.
Ballarat has some of the best wining and dining in country Victoria. Don’t leave before sampling the stunning local produce that helps make Ballarat such a unique destination to visit.
No-Frills Camping in Ballarat
If all you need is a flat space on which to lay your tent and the sounds of the native bush to keep you company, Ballarat has that in spades.
Slaty Creek – not far from the town of Creswick – is a perfect example of great camping in Ballarat. There are three camping areas all with basic facilities (only campsite number one has non-flush toilets) right near the creek itself. You don’t need to book so make sure you get there early during peak season to grab a spot. Campfires are allowed only in the fireplaces provided, but always make sure you are adhering to CFA guidelines in relation to the current bushfire risk.
Bring your own food and drinking water, and get out on the many great walking tracks or pan for gold in the nearby Creek — just remember to obtain a Miner’s Right License first.
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