Enjoy a walk or bicycle ride around the lake.
Go birdwatching for black swans, musk ducks, swamphens, blue billed ducks, black ducks, crested grebes and more.
Ballarat's Botanical Gardens:
The Ballarat Botanical Gardens are one of the best examples of Ballarat's Victorian era heritage. Complete with marble statues, a contemporary conservatory and the avenue of Prime Ministers, year round the botanical gardens will delight your senses!
Between the Labour Day weekend and the end of the Easter School Holidays, its world famous tuberous begonias can be seen in the conservatory.
Further west of the Botanic Gardens is the Ex Prisoner of War Memorial. This glorious stone garden, commemorates Australian's imprisoned as a result of all conflicts Australia has engaged in.
Complete your exploration of the North Gardens precinct with a visit to the Olympic Rings, set at the site where the rowing victories of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics happened, the site now includes the footprints or plaques of all Ballarat Olympians that have ever participated in the Olympic Games.
Things to visit or try for a few dollars in this area:
- The Tramways Museum
- A ride on an historic tram
- A "swan" capaccino at the historic Pipers, by the Lake! Pipers is also open for brunches and lunches most days.
- Adam Lindsay Gordon's Craft Cottage
- Ballarat Trout Hatchery, open to the public Saturday mornings.
- Plants from the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens nursery. Open Tuesday afternoons and limited times on weekends, as well as for the 3 days of the Begonia Festival.