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Smythesdale: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Enfield State Park


Now a haven for wildlife, Enfield State parks was once dominated by tents and diggers from around the world during Victoria's gold rush.

Visit the park in spring and be rewarded by colourful and unusual wildflowers.

Picnics
Picnic facilities are available at the Surface Point picnic area and at Enfield picnic area. Remote Long Gully, which can be reached by vehicle or on foot from Surface Point, also has a picnic ground. You should bring your own firewood, as it is not always available locally.

Walking
The park features many walking tracks of various lengths and terrain. A circuit walking track with side tracks to Enfield and Bald Hills provides long distance walking while shorter walks are available around Surface Point and Long Gully.

Horse riding
Horses can be ridden on formed vehicle tracks open for public use but must not be taken on walking tracks.

Camping
Facilities are provided at Surface Point, and while bush camping is permitted, remember fires can only be lit in fireplaces provided. Campers are not required to book sites or pay fees for camping in Enfield State Park.

Mountain bike riding
An increasingly popular activity, many opportunities exist for bike riders to experience the park. Bicycles are not permitted on walking tracks, but tracks are available for use.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.





Ballarat - Colac Rd
Enfield, VIC, 3352

Located 13.6K from Smythesdale

Ballarat Golf Club


The Ballarat Golf Club has a long and proud history spanning back to 1895 as Australia's oldest continually played golf course. The championship course has been redesigned by Peter Thomson and Ross Perret and provides an outstanding experience for golfers of all levels.

The course has ranked amongst the top 100 public access courses in Australia by Golf Australia magazine in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and achieved rankings in Aus Golf's Top 100 Best Conditions and Course lists for the past three years. The course is fast becoming known as one of the best courses in Regional Victoria.

The club house is home to award winning Greenside bistro and bar, a fully stocked pro shop and modern conference and function facilities. Guests are always welcome and we offer fabulous play and stay packages for visitors.




1800 Sturt Street
Alfredton, VIC, 3350

Located 15.1K from Smythesdale

Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial


'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.'

With these few words from the poem, 'For the Fallen', by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon, you are welcomed to the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial. This unique memorial was opened on 6 February, 2004, to recognise and remember those Australians who became Prisoners of War during the wars of the twentieth century.

The Memorial symbolises that all Australian prisoners embarked to serve away from their homeland and acknowledges the hardship, deprivation, brutality, starvation and disease endured by prisoners of war during their capture and the scars many continued to endure upon their repatriation to Australia.

In these magnificent botanical gardens, the Memorial is a place of quiet reflection and a place to remember loved ones and to mourn those 8,600 prisoners of war that died in captivity and remain buried on foreign shores.




Corner Wendouree Parade and Carlton Street
Lake Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 16.0K from Smythesdale

Ballarat Tramway Museum


Enjoy Ballarat's Living History by travelling by tram with the Ballarat Tramway Museum.

History lives in Ballarat and in Wendouree Parade. Take a ride in one of the 100 year old trams which provided Ballarat's main form of public transport until 1971. The vintage tram ride covers almost one and a half kilometres of original line through the beautiful Botanical Gardens situated by the western side of the tranquil Lake Wendouree. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

The Ballarat Vintage Tramway is operated by the Ballarat Tramway Museum Inc., formed to keep alive a tramway experience that has otherwise disappeared from the streets of Ballarat.

The Museum is one of a few purely volunteer groups in the world operating tramcars on a public road and over a section of original track.

At the depot there is a museum where the story of the Ballarat trams and its people is told through photographs, historic films and tramway memorabilia. The tramcar fleet and workshops area can also be inspected. Guided tours can be arranged. Souvenir items may be purchased.

The tramcar collection includes Ballarat Horse Tram No. 1, dating from 1887 and two trams, under restoration, from the original Electric Supply Company of Victoria fleet. The running fleet consists of nine tramcars which initially ran in Melbourne and arrived in Ballarat between 1930 and 1951, and four acquired directly from Melbourne by the Museum.




Wendouree Parade
Lake Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 16.1K from Smythesdale

Adam Lindsay Gordon Cottage


Adam Lindsay Gordon Craft Cottage features selected local craft work by members of the Crafts Council of Ballarat located in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens near Lake Wendouree.

Craft work includes jewellery, painting, photography, woodwork, cards, textiles (knitting, sewing, crochet and felting) including scarves, hats, gloves, bags and embroidery. Inside the Cottage you will discover an extensive variety of local craft work of the highest quality.

The Australian poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon lived in this cottage. It was behind Craigs Hotel on Lydiard Street and it was from here that Gordon managed the hostelry. His only daughter died while he was in Ballarat and although a daredevil on a horse and an accomplished rider he led a tragic life. His poetry with its rolling rhythm survives him.

The cottage was moved to the Botanical gardens in the '30's and since the early '90's has been the home of the Crafts Council of Ballarat.




Ballarat Botanical Gardens,
Wendouree Parade
Lake Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 16.6K from Smythesdale

Ballarat Bird World


At Ballarat Bird World, there are over two hundred Australian and foreign birds to see. It is a rare chance for Australian and overseas visitors to see the colours of Australian bird life.

Some of the birds on display are rarely seen in the wild, including many cockatoos like the Gang-Gang, Major Mitchell and Red, White and Yellow Tailed black cockatoos.

Take a walk along the raised walkway to the free flight aviary or sit with the native birds on the outdoor deck area.




408 Eddy Avenue
Mount Helen, VIC, 3350

Located 17.0K from Smythesdale

Ballarat Observatory


The Ballarat Observatory is one of the oldest observatories in regional Australia, with one of the best collections of 18th to 21st century telescopes.

Ballarat Observatory have the first telescope built in Australia for disability access, which is also suitable for those who can no longer climb ladders or are too small for some of the older telescopes.

Leading 3D Astrotour movies will have you on the edge of your seat and amaze you as you discover the amazing universe.

School groups, community groups, cub or scout astronomy badge activities, just ask us to help to provide a fascinating program.

The Observatory can host your next birthday party, unusual wedding, end of year function, or any celebration or reason for a party you might have.

Summer viewing is late due to daylight saving time. The best viewing nights are in winter, when the frost is out, and the atmosphere is perfectly still. We have some of the best objects in the southern hemisphere sky. Dress for the snow to keep you internal heater warm, top up with warm drinks at the Third Rock Cafe.

Bookings taken for any day or night times outside open times.




439 Cobden Street
Mount Pleasant, VIC, 3350

Located 17.2K from Smythesdale

Smythesdale: Events

IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat


IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat offers athletes a chance to create their own legacy in Victoria's thriving event city.

Athletes will commemorate the fallen heroes of the past as they pass the iconic War Memorials throughout the 1.9 kilometre swim, 90 kilometre cycle, 21.1 kilometre run course.

The 1.9 kilometre swimming leg takes in the 1956 Olympic rowing course of Lake Wendouree, which this year will also host the World Masters Rowing Regatta in October. The two lap, 90 kilometre bike course is steeped in history, encompassing the majestic Avenue of Honour and Arch of Victory. The final leg of IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat is a two lap, 21 kilometre run taking in the Steve Moneghetti Track, named after Ballarat's famous marathon Olympian.

This is an event to lock into the race calendar! Competitors have a chance to win one of 25 age group qualifying spots for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to be held in Austria during August 2015.

IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat has the potential to be one of the best events in Australia, with an exciting new course, great destination, close proximity to Melbourne and a unique grassroots flavour.

With an exciting new course, great destination, close proximity to Melbourne and a unique grassroots flavour, IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat is going to be an amazing event not to be missed.


Event Dates
2016
      11th Dec


Avenue of Honour
Ballarat central, VIC, 3350

Located 15.3K from Smythesdale

Celabrating the Arts


Come and visit this small, but enthusiastic group of flower minded members who create floral displays. This year's event we have two local artists joining to help create some beautiful creations in flowers.

Barry Wemyss, sculptor, book binder and ceramic artist and Rosalind Lawson painter and paper artist. Together with members there will be a flourish of beautiful creations to admire over the three days. This is their annual fund raising event of the E J Tipping Foundation who do great work for people of Ballarat with disabilities.


Event Dates
2016
      23rd Sep
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Gillies Street North,
Gillies St North
Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 16.6K from Smythesdale

Royal South Street Competitions


Come and discover Australia's rising stars at the 2016 Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat, Victoria.

The 125th year promises to be special as the competition celebrate 11 years of Chopin and introduces a new section in calisthenics and a completley new discipline called Mi Sound. Expect spirited performances in Instrumental, Vocal and Calisthenics categories as well.

Come to Ballarat and find out why this is is still Australia's foremost Eisteddfod.


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17 Lydiard Street
Ballarat central, VIC, 3350

Located 17.4K from Smythesdale

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