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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 10.5K from Windermere

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 11.7K from Windermere

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 12.0K from Windermere

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 12.2K from Windermere

Windermere: Events

Seven-Day Retreat with revered Tibetan lama His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche, Jigme Losel Wang


His Eminence Dzogchen Rinpoche

During this seven-day retreat, Dzogchen Rinpoche will continue his cycle of teachings on the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig.

The wonderful atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings of the retreat environment inspire meditation and support the student to gain direct experience of Dzogchen.

For application forms and further information please call, email or visit the website.

Shenpen Incorporated is a not for profit organisation, registered in Australia


Event Dates
2016
      15th Nov
      16th Nov
      17th Nov
      18th Nov
      19th Nov
      20th Nov
      21st Nov
      22nd Nov


National Highway M8
Windermere, VIC, 3352

Located 1.4K from Windermere

Ballarat Swap Meet


The Ballarat Swap Meet is a unique event where enthusiasts come from all over Australia to buy or sell a tremendous range of parts from cars and motor cycles through to car manuals, tools and other collectibles. The swap meet is conducted each year on the last weekend of February with trading occuring on Friday and Saturday.

There are 2,500 sites set-up beside the Ballarat Airport, on Airport Road. Attendance is always around the 25,000 mark.


Event Dates
2017
      24th Feb
      25th Feb


Airport Road
Mitchell Park, VIC, 3355

Located 7.9K from Windermere

Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup


Soak up the atmosphere and excitement of the premier sporting and social event on Ballarat's calendar; the 2016 Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup on Saturday, 19 November.

The Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup is ideally placed at the end of the popular Spring Racing Carnival, and is a perfect opportunity for racegoers to come together and enjoy themselves in the terrific setting of Sportsbet-Ballarat.

With a total of one million dollars in prize money and a racing program featuring the $200,000 Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup, plus events such as the $200,000 Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic, $100,000 Magic Millions 3YO Classic and the $100,000 Thomas Jewellers VOBIS Gold Bracelet, the quality of racing is truly outstanding.

If you are interested in the fashions make sure that you register for Myer Fashions on the Field. This event is always a highlite of the day.

The range of on-course dining options is exceptional and whether you are celebrating with friends and family, hosting a corporate event or simply enjoying a spectacular day of racing, the Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup has something for everyone's tastes.



Event Dates
2016
      19th Nov


240 Kennedys Road
Miners Rest, VIC, 3352

Located 9.4K from Windermere

Ballarat Begonia Festival


Regional Victoria's largest flower festival, the Ballarat Begonia Festival, attracts more than 60,000 spectators annually.

Held on the Victorian Labour Day long weekend this three day event has something for everyone. Flowers, celebrity gardeners, markets, entertainment, kids' activities and a community parade.

Come along and join in the fun.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Mar
      12th Mar
      13th Mar


Gillies Street North,
PO Box 655
Wendouree, VIC, 3355

Located 10.9K from Windermere

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.


Event Dates
2016
      11th Dec


Avenue of Honour
Ballarat central, VIC, 3350

Located 11.0K from Windermere

Ballarat Bonsai Society Exhibition


Ballarat Bonsai Society will hold their annual Bonsai exhibition at the Robert Clark Centre in the picturesque Ballarat Botanical Gardens, on the 29th and 30th of October 2016.

There will be a wide array of tree types and styles on display. Starter trees will be available for purchase and some demonstrations will take place on both days of the exhibition.


Event Dates
2016
      29th Oct
      30th Oct


Gillies Street North
Lake Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 11.7K from Windermere

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