About Me

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
In 2012 I moved back to my home town of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. Join me as I re-discover Ballarat, one of Victoria's largest inland cities, famous for the Goldfields. You may be a resident, tourist or new comer to Ballarat. I hope to provide you with useful information about Ballarat as I re-discover my home town. I will also provide information on places which are a short drive from Ballarat. So residents and visitors come and discover Ballarat with me.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from 'Discover My Ballarat' blog.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

100 likers on Facebook. Yippeee!

Good Morning.  I woke up to having over 100 likers on my Facebook Page.  Welcome to our new likers and hello to my existing followers.  I have had a lot of fun blogging over the last two months.  Originally my blog was a place for me to express myself and write all about all of my adventures of rediscovering Ballarat and the surrounding region.  However, my blog is evolving into so much more and I have you to thank-you for that.  I have met so many wonderful people along the way, which is so nice for a new comer to Ballarat.  What I hope is that the people of Ballarat learn more about their hometown and what events and attractions there are on offer.  I also hope that my readers from outside of Ballarat are attracted to visit this city and use it as a 'base' for discovering the region when they are on holiday.  I blog about places and events in surrounding towns because people in Ballarat work in neighbouring towns, and they visit them, particularly on weekends.  There is so much to do out there and so much fun and adventures to be had.  I can’t wait to share more with you and look forward to our next milestone of 200!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A visit to The Designer Craft Market @ Buninyong

Yesterday I visited The Designer Craft Market @ Buninyong in the Historic Buninyong Town Hall.  This market offers high quality handmade items for sale by talented local and regional designers and artists.  In fact, I was amazed by the amount of quality products on offer at this market.  It is a credit to Glenda the market co-ordinator and the committee for bringing together such a great market.  We really do have some talented designers and artists in Ballarat and surrounds.

Pictured below were some of the stall holders at the market yesterday (click on an image to enlarge).

 The historic Buninyong Town Hall - our market location

 Boutique Heidi - Handkerchief's for Men, Women & Children
Boutique Outlet - 17 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat (opposite Central Square)

Tulip - Rose Quilt Shoppe

 Bird & Blossom Graphic Design 

 Little Olly

 Blackseed Ceramics

Handmade Creations for Children & Babies

 Enamoured: Creative Obsessions
Hand-Stamped Jewellery and Unique Gifts

 Silly Milly Moo

Handmade wooden furniture

 Bok Bok B'Gerk
Handmade eco-friendly jewellery and accessories
Next year's markets

All photos were taken with permission and remain the property of 'Discover My Ballarat'.  Every effort has been made to acknowledge all artists/designers of the above products correctly.  If you know of any errors, please email discovermyballarat@hotmail.com  Thank-you to Glenda for welcoming me to the market.  I enjoyed talking with the stall owners, it was great to meet you.  Unfortunately I cannot list all stall owners on my blog.  However, I may see you at another market.

Calling all Musicians in Ballarat - Expressions of Interest

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

A visit to the 'Get Down Market' - Open 8 & 9th December 12 from 10am to 4pm

Today I visited the first Get Down Market in Ballarat.  Located in the B1 Art Space Gallery, 14 Camp Street, Ballarat.  Open from the 8th & 9th December 12 from 10am - 4pm.   Market organiser Kelly Davies hopes to organise another market in the new year around March (Watch This Space!).  The Get Down Market features retro, vintage, handmade collectables and art.  There will be new stalls in the market tomorrow!

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 B1 Art Space Gallery, 14 Camp Street, Ballarat

 The Get Down Market - featuring Matt Malone singing & on guitar

Vegas and Rose - www.vegasandrose.com.au
Coffee, Food & Retail Store selling vintage & retro
96 Humffray St. North Ballarat East

 Strato-Streak Vintage (Adriana Kloss)

Photography by Justin Ashleigh Jones

Fabric wrapped Japanese and retro style bangles, fridge magnets & organic lavender love heart bags.

The Turning Windmill
Home wares, gifts, clothing and toys

Jewellery Designer / Maker

The Essess
Retro Collectables
Email Selena & Shane

All photos were taken with permission and remain the property of 'Discover My Ballarat'.  Every effort has been made to acknowledge all artists/designers of the above products correctly.  If you know of any errors, please email discovermyballarat@hotmail.com  Thank-you to market organiser Kelly and B1 Artspace Gallery owner Steph for welcoming me to the market.  I enjoyed talking with the majority of stall owners, it was great to meet you.  Unfortunately I missed some of you.

For more information on the Get Down Market:

City of Ballarat Annual Christmas Street Party - 7th December 12

Last night we headed down to the annual City of Ballarat Christmas Street Party.  The weather was kind to us and the atmosphere was very friendly and festive.  My son decorated some shortbread and a paper Christmas Tree (pictured below).  We then strolled down to the stage and we were entertained by The MikMaks children's entertainment band.  They were fun, cheeky and engaging for young and old.  This was followed by a visit from Santa Claus.  I highly recommend going next year if you get the chance, we had a lovely time.

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Floor dancing
 The MikMaks
A visit from Santa 

A trip to Melbourne to visit Santa's Magical Kindgdom

 Caitlyn & Sean all set for Santa's Magical Kingdom

On Thursday, I drove to Burnley in Melbourne with the kids and my cousin Tina to visit Santa's Magical Kingdom.  Picture this - Two large circus tents.  One filled with carnival rides and attractions, Christmas themed activities including craft, Santa Land, Mrs Claus Christmas Story Land, food stalls and show bags.  The other tent contained a circus.  Well, that is Santa’s Magical Kingdom and boy did we have fun.  For only $35 per person (kids 2 years and under free), all of the activities and rides, including entry to the circus were included.  We only had to pay extra for our food (the prices were reasonable), $10 for a show bag and money for our Santa Christmas Photo (prices vary depending on the package).  Some of the sideshow carnival games cost extra also.

The highlight of the day was watching my son’s face light up as he entered Santa’s Magical Kingdom and watching my one year old daughter frown when she approached Santa.  The rides were fun and the circus was amazing watching all of the tricks that these performers do.

If you are hanging out for a serious dose of Christmas, head to Melbourne for Santa’s Magical Kingdom.  Hurry, sessions are selling out fast.

For more information visit:     www.santasmagicalkingdom.com.au

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketek:   Purchase Tickets here

Location:  Burnley Oval, Corner of Swan Street & Madden Grove, Burnley.
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 It's snowing....

 Fun on the rides

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Spot the Christmas Lights in Ballarat - Interactive Post

Okay this is one of my favourite parts of Christmas - 'Christmas Lights'.  So I got thinking (watch out!) and I thought it would be great to have an interactive blog post where my readers could alert us all to Christmas Light Displays in Ballarat.  You might find a business with a great Christmas Light Display or you might know of a great neighbourhood street near you full of lights that might be worth a drive down.

To get involved email:   discovermyballarat@hotmail.com

Let me know your first name & suburb where you live which will be published.  Or you can remain anonymous.  Then give me the address of the business or the Street & Suburb of where the Christmas Lights are located.  No individual house addresses please.  If you could also give us a description of the lights, that would be good also.

We have to start off with the first done by our very own council:

1)  Sturt Street, Ballarat.  Two Christmas Trees with lights, a Santa's sleigh and his reindeer. 
     Submitted by Margaret, 'Discover My Ballarat' Blog.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmasfest at Pleasant Street Primary - Friday 30th November

The family and I headed down to Pleasant Street Primary School for the annual Christmasfest by the Lake.  My son Sean and I had a camel ride (pictured below) and Sean also enjoyed the jumping castles and Santaland.  I loved the market and found some beautiful pieces.

A camel ride

Here is my Market Pick.  Find Ballarat Hair Kandy on Facebook.

Beautiful products and friendly service.  Thank-you!

A hat and hair clips I purchased from the stall

Caitlyn with her new hat. Cute!

I highly recommend you visit Christmasfest by the Lake next year.  We had a great time.