Lake Wendouree is ever popular, with many runners, joggers, cyclists and walkers of all ages taking advantage of the well made 6 km circuit.
Ballarat's Olympic marathon runner Steve Moneghetti holds the lap of the lake record.
It's a great focal activity point of the city.
I cannot say by only visiting Ballarat for only one day that you have a four-seasons in one-day weather like in Melbourne. Therefore, it is hard to tell what to bring with you. Just, depend about the season you go I guess ;-) However, for visiting Sovereign Hill a pair of good walking shoes will do.
Is it the camera, or is it the person behind the camera? I do not have an expensive camera and not a cheap one either. I just think that I am a very poor photographer and guess that a professional take better pictures with the same camera then I do. So, if you want good pictures, take some lessons or study your camera very well. I am just too lazy for it ;-)
Ballarat Old Cemetery Eureka monument section
This first picture is of the Memorial to the Eureka Diggers, with the Eureka Flag flying.
For those interested in the history of Ballarat and the Eureka Battle, it's particularly worth a visit.
From memory, the photo with the British flag flying marks where the monument to the 'other side' lies.... that of the British soldiers killed in the Eureka Battle. There's also a photo of their tablet/commemmorative stone.
Golden Dragon Museum (Bendigo)
Since the goldfields in the 1850's to the present day, Chinese heritage has been an integral part of Bendigo's history. Opened in 1991, the Golden Dragon Museum aims to collect, preserve and care for materials of historical significance to the Chinese community, particularly items relevant to the goldfields region of Victoria. Unique to the museum's collection and on permanent display are Loong and Sun Loong, the world's oldest and longest imperial dragon.
Situated beside the Golden Dragon Museum, and designed to resemble the gardens in Beijing's famed Imperial Palace, are the serene and intimate settings of the Classical Chinese Gardens.
Australian Animals galore
Ballarat Wildlife Park.
I recommend this attraction to all the animal lovers, perhaps as the first point of call when it comes to wildlife.
Many visitors come to Australia expecting to every kind of native animal in their natural habitat as they go about sightseeing or bushwalking or visiting national parks, but the reality is that sometimes this can be a little disappointing. Sure, you will readily see some wildlife wherever you go in the countryside, but many native animals are nocturnal, others may quite small, rare or shy, and some are on the endangered list, so in case you don't get to see absolutely all the animals you've dreamed about, I suggest you see them first in captivity at this Park. The park was begun maybe 20 years ago by Greg Parker, a man with an affinity (or obsession) for keeping pet crocodiles. The crocs at this park are massive man eating size yet Greg still gets into the pens at feeding time with a very long stick and chunk of meat on the end for them to leap up and snatch. And man, are they fast!
The reptile house also contains glass enclosures of snakes and many other reptiles, plus frogs and other creatures.
You can walk freely through the park amongst lazily lounging (too well fed) kangaroos and wallabies, see wombats in fake burrows, see Tasmanian Devils safely behind bars, Koalas, birds and much more.