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Kids learning how to pan for gold at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

More about family stays in Ballarat

As Victoria's third-largest city, Ballarat has an abundance of family-friendly activities and tourist attractions.

Ballarat was at the centre of the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s and many of its best things to see and do are from around that time, including the Ballarat Art Gallery, the majestic Ballarat Botanical Gardens and the picturesque Lake Wendouree. And of course, no guide to Ballarat with kids would be complete without mentioning popular Ballarat attractions, such as Sovereign Hill, an elaborate recreation of gold rush era Ballarat, and Kryal Castle, a medieval-themed tourist attraction.

Once you've locked in your accommodation, then plan your days with the best things to do in Ballarat.

How to get last minute family accommodation in Ballarat?

Accommodation in Ballarat can be hard to come by, especially during the high demand school holiday and public holiday periods. Try these tips to find affordable accommodation just in time.

πŸ‘Ά Travelling with an infant

When travelling with an infant, consider buying a portacot or safely co-sleeping. This can often unlock many more hotel options which may otherwise not work for you.

Travelling with young kids

Similarly, bringing a small inflatable mattress and a sleeping bag can be the difference between locking-in accommodation or missing out.

In either of these scenarios, you may need to:

  • list fewer kids when searching accommodation sites online
  • make sure the property policy is ok with this; you may need you to get in touch with them

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