Packing is easy
Luggage and bags: You can bring whatever luggage you like. I guess it depends on the length of your stay and what type of holiday you're going to have, whether you'll be camping at caravan parks or staying in motels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You might want to bring weather for '4 seasons in 1 day', especially in Spring.
If spending a lot of time outdoors in the summer, you may want to bring some mosquito repellent. Some years for this are worse than others.
Flies can also be annoying (that goes for pretty much anywhere in Australia if you're not used to them)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You should be able to buy anything you want in Ballarat. Some chemists are always open late, so you can get medications after business hours.
Photo Equipment: Digital prints cheap developing at Big W, near Bridge Mall, and also Office Works, Creswick Road
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your own with you if you can carry it, I guess, or you can buy some here.
There is a large camping store Ray's Tent City opposite McDonalds on Bakery Hill, and another smaller camping/army store at the McDonalds end of the Bridge Mall at the bottom of Sturt St.
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 ;-)
Cold in Winter....
Luggage and bags: Good comfortable luggage on wheels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depends on what you plan to do...
Nightlife - nice clothes...
Hiking and camping - appropriate clothing and footwear.
Ballaraat can get very cold during the Winter.. below freezing... so lots of warm clothing during that time.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy everything here, just take any special medications you might be on.
Photo Equipment: Bring your Camera... you can buy film here.
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