WHETHER you're an avid footy fan or not, make your way to Ballarat this AFL long weekend and immerse yourself in art, food, and delight.
Here are some of the ways you can fill your weekend.
You may not be at the Grand Final Parade, but you can still get into the finals spirit, meet AFL stars, participate in clinics and enjoy a huge range of activities and entertainment at the Ballarat Footy Frenzy. Be one of the first 500 children to arrive on the day and you will even receive a free football! Featuring face-painting, inflatables, petting zoo and loads more, it is sure to be a great day out for the whole family.
Head on out to the Gold Rush Mini Golf for a quick putt before making your way into The Cabaret Club to watch the grand final on the big screen! With a sausage Sizzle from 1pm and drinks also available, you'll be able to watch your favourite team larger-than-life on the stage movie screen with a snag and stubby in-hand!
The largest ever showcase of contemporary Australian art will stage works from 150 Australian artists across 65 curated exhibitions. Special events and exhibitions include the Living Sculpture Fashion Parade, BOAA Dark and the Lake Sculpture Walk that will see the renowned Lake Wendouree turned into an outdoor art gallery with 36 sculptures sited along its 6-kilometre track.
Don't consider yourself much of a football junkie, but you're quite the culture vulture? Then nab your tickets to Ballarat National Theatre's production of Pride and Prejudice and immerse yourself in this timeless Jane Austen masterpiece.
Discover why Ballarat is renowned for its award-winning attractions and unique visitor experiences. Pan for real gold at the iconic outdoor museum Sovereign Hill; watch real life jousters take to the main arena at Kryal Castle; admire colonial, contemporary and indigenous works at the Art Gallery of Ballarat; and get up-close-and-personal with Australia's loved fauna at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Spring is the ideal time to explore all the city's wonders, so get going!
Treat the family to some of the finest eats around Ballarat. Whether you're searching for family-friendly dining, a casual gastro pub, or contemporary cafe eats, there's an eatery to suit all the taste buds!
Relax in the outdoors
If you couldn't care less who wins the premiership, why not go for a cycle, stroll, or pack a picnic lunch and make your way to one of Ballarat's beautiful parks and gardens. Not only will you be able to relish in the stunning surrounds, but you might even get the whole place to yourselves. Pure bliss!