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Ballan

Located on the Werribee River, Ballan is another small town which shared in the spoils as tens of thousands of fortune-hunters flowed through the region on their way to the Ballarat goldfields.

First settled in the 1830s, Ballan took its name from a village in Ireland and quaint old stone houses trace back to those early days. Just out of town, Emily Park homestead is a living link to the squattocracy, while the Balan Hotel first opened its bar door in 1851.

These days, Ballan - rather unkindly described as "ungracious and unlovely" by Graham Innes, in his autobiography, The Road to Gundagai - is best known for its mineral springs, while Caledonian Park on the eastern fringe of the town is a favoured picnicking and swimming spot. The trout in Pikes Reservoir challenge anglers from far and near.

To the south of Ballan lie the rocky outcrops and rewarding walking trails of the Brisbane Ranges National Park and the You Yangs Forest Park. The Boar Gully camping ground, which is equipped with toilets, water and a picnic area, is a comfortable base for forays into the Brisbane Ranges park.

Ballan: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Garden of St Erth


The Garden of St Erth is a beautiful historic house and garden not far from Daylesford and Ballarat.

Explore the gardens and discover an extraordinary range of espaliered fruit, heirloom vegetables and drought tolerant flowers.

Thousands of naturalised daffodils carpet the lawns in September, and through the summer months, the herbaceous border features Diggers perennials and grasses. The month of May marks the end of the gardening year with a blaze of autumn-coloured trees and late perennials.

Cocooned in the Wombat State Forest, the bush garden plays host to a variety of native birds, as well as being a place of restful contemplation.

Visit the nursery and ask the knowledgeable staff all of your gardening questions. There is a huge selection of heirloom seeds and plants available for you to take home and add to your own garden.

Relax over coffee in the cafe and stay on for lunch, morning or afternoon tea surrounded in the beauty of the gardens.

The Diggers Club is committed to sustainable gardening and visitors will find inspirational ideas for gardening organically, becoming more self-sufficient and saving precious water while still enjoying nature's bounty.




189 Simmons Reef Road,
PO Box 300
Blackwood, VIC, 3458

Located 14.9K from Ballan

Lerderderg State Park


Rising in the Great Dividing Range, the Lerderderg River has cut a 300 metre deep gorge through sandstone and slate, almost bisecting the park. The park has a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife and some interesting relics of goldmining.

Lerderderg State Park offers a true bush experience. Walking is the best way to get to know the park - there are several tracks for a range of walks from short, easy strolls to strenuous overnight hikes for experienced bushwalkers.

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.





Golden Point Rd
Blackwood, VIC, 3458

Located 16.4K from Ballan

Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve


This park provides the opportunity to view Mallee vegetation in close proximity to Melbourne. Plants typical of arid landscapes and small creek escarpments make the reserve a fantastic retreat for bushwalkers and birdwatchers.

Heritage
Today, mallee vegetation is widespread in Victoria's dry north-west, but some thousands of years ago, during a warmer and drier period, it extended much farther south. Subsequent climatic changes favoured other vegetation such as box and stringybark eucalypts and the Long Forest is now the only naturally occurring mallee south of the Great Dividing Range.

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.




Long Forest Rd
Bacchus Marsh, VIC, 3340

Located 21.1K from Ballan

Werribee Gorge State Park


Werribee Gorge retains a wild, rugged natural beauty. The park offers spectacular views and great opportunities for bushwalking and rock climbing.

There are a variety of walks in the park. A popular walk follows the Werribee River from Meikles Point picnic area, offering impressive view of both the river and the cliff faces of the gorge. It leads to popular swimming holes, historic sites and other park features.

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.




Myers Rd
Bacchus Marsh, VIC, 3340

Located 21.4K from Ballan

Kryal Castle - Adventure Park and Resort


Reopened in March 2013, Kryal Castle is Australia's only medieval theme park - a legendary land of myth and medieval adventure with knights, dragons, wizards, kings, and queens.

Within the Castle walls is a medieval village of activities. On entry, visitors navigate the Dragons Labyrinth, a sound and light walk through attraction, which tells of the legends of the Land of Kryal. Visitors can witness the Castle Knights perform daring jousts and mounted skill at arms on the arena. They can even try their hand at archery or militia training.

Indulge at the Tooth Fairy Lolly Shop, or see the Wizard mix potions in his workshop. The Torture Dungeon and Museum will fascinate and frighten, you can explore the maze, Knights Round Table Tower, Braveheart's Playground and more.

Interactive experiences, pony rides, animal petting, storytelling, demonstrations and activities ensure that Kryal Castle Adventure Park offers the very best in entertainment for all ages.

To extend the adventure, visitors can spend a night in one of The Castle's 17 luxury suites, which beautifully capture the glory and mystery of times past, with stunning hand woven European tapestries, yet modern and as well equipped as any lord or lady would want. Perfect for romantic getaways or fun family adventures staying in the heart of the action!

Year round The Castle undertakes Education Discovery Programs for students and is an impressive venue for functions, conferences, special events and weddings.




121 Forbes Road
Leigh Creek, VIC, 3352

Located 23.9K from Ballan

Ballan: Events

Ballan Farmers Market


Ballan Farmers and Makers Market is held on the second Saturday of the month in the beautiful grounds of Mill Cottage, Inglis Street, Ballan. Ballan sits in stunning volcanic plains amongst a rich food growing community, half way between Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat, just one hour from Melbourne by car or train.

Fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, crafts, wines, oils, eggs, jams, breads and pastries, meat, trees and sweets; from the producer to you.




Event Dates
2016
      8th Oct
      12th Nov
      10th Dec
2017
      7th Jan


96 Inglis Street
Ballan, VIC, 3342

Located 0.4K from Ballan

Ballan: Travel Tips

Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre


Visitors to Bacchus Marsh should make the Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre their first stop. The friendly and helpful staff will be more than happy to welcome you to this beautiful town and introduce you to the attractions that it holds; the Avenue of Honour, bush walks, aerial sightseeing, forest parks, wildflowers, eagles, national and state parks and much more.

Set amid picturesque rolling hills only 55km west of Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh combines country living with easy access to the city. An attractive mix of open spaces, friendly towns, orchards, deep gorges and forests, Bacchus Marsh is a great tourist destination.

Not to be missed destinations include the Werribee Gorge, Lerderderg Gorge, Brisbane Ranges and the Long Forest Nature Reserve which is the southern most remnant of mallee vegetation in Victoria.

The Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre also has its own very popular website to help you with your visit to our district.




215 Main Street
Bacchus Marsh, VIC, 3340

Located 20.8K from Ballan

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