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Ballarat Golf Club


The Ballarat Golf Club has a long and proud history spanning back to 1895 as Australia's oldest continually played golf course. The championship course has been redesigned by Peter Thomson and Ross Perret and provides an outstanding experience for golfers of all levels.

The course has ranked amongst the top 100 public access courses in Australia by Golf Australia magazine in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and achieved rankings in Aus Golf's Top 100 Best Conditions and Course lists for the past three years. The course is fast becoming known as one of the best courses in Regional Victoria.

The club house is home to award winning Greenside bistro and bar, a fully stocked pro shop and modern conference and function facilities. Guests are always welcome and we offer fabulous play and stay packages for visitors.




1800 Sturt Street
Alfredton, VIC, 3350

Located 8.8K from Haddon

Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial


'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.'

With these few words from the poem, 'For the Fallen', by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon, you are welcomed to the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial. This unique memorial was opened on 6 February, 2004, to recognise and remember those Australians who became Prisoners of War during the wars of the twentieth century.

The Memorial symbolises that all Australian prisoners embarked to serve away from their homeland and acknowledges the hardship, deprivation, brutality, starvation and disease endured by prisoners of war during their capture and the scars many continued to endure upon their repatriation to Australia.

In these magnificent botanical gardens, the Memorial is a place of quiet reflection and a place to remember loved ones and to mourn those 8,600 prisoners of war that died in captivity and remain buried on foreign shores.




Corner Wendouree Parade and Carlton Street
Lake Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 10.1K from Haddon

Ballarat Tramway Museum


Enjoy Ballarat's Living History by travelling by tram with the Ballarat Tramway Museum.

History lives in Ballarat and in Wendouree Parade. Take a ride in one of the 100 year old trams which provided Ballarat's main form of public transport until 1971. The vintage tram ride covers almost one and a half kilometres of original line through the beautiful Botanical Gardens situated by the western side of the tranquil Lake Wendouree. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

The Ballarat Vintage Tramway is operated by the Ballarat Tramway Museum Inc., formed to keep alive a tramway experience that has otherwise disappeared from the streets of Ballarat.

The Museum is one of a few purely volunteer groups in the world operating tramcars on a public road and over a section of original track.

At the depot there is a museum where the story of the Ballarat trams and its people is told through photographs, historic films and tramway memorabilia. The tramcar fleet and workshops area can also be inspected. Guided tours can be arranged. Souvenir items may be purchased.

The tramcar collection includes Ballarat Horse Tram No. 1, dating from 1887 and two trams, under restoration, from the original Electric Supply Company of Victoria fleet. The running fleet consists of nine tramcars which initially ran in Melbourne and arrived in Ballarat between 1930 and 1951, and four acquired directly from Melbourne by the Museum.




Wendouree Parade
Lake Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 10.1K from Haddon

Adam Lindsay Gordon Cottage


Adam Lindsay Gordon Craft Cottage features selected local craft work by members of the Crafts Council of Ballarat located in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens near Lake Wendouree.

Craft work includes jewellery, painting, photography, woodwork, cards, textiles (knitting, sewing, crochet and felting) including scarves, hats, gloves, bags and embroidery. Inside the Cottage you will discover an extensive variety of local craft work of the highest quality.

The Australian poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon lived in this cottage. It was behind Craigs Hotel on Lydiard Street and it was from here that Gordon managed the hostelry. His only daughter died while he was in Ballarat and although a daredevil on a horse and an accomplished rider he led a tragic life. His poetry with its rolling rhythm survives him.

The cottage was moved to the Botanical gardens in the '30's and since the early '90's has been the home of the Crafts Council of Ballarat.




Ballarat Botanical Gardens,
Wendouree Parade
Lake Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 10.4K from Haddon

Ballarat and District Trotting Club


The Ballarat and District Trotting Club offers its members a range of exclusive membership benefits and privileges. For Harness Racing enthusiasts, please see the website for more information.

Experience the charm of Bray Raceway, Ballarat. Bray Raceway is widely recognised as the premier country venue in Victoria due to its outstanding 1000 metre racetrack and excellent on-course facilities.

On race days, you can enjoy a meal from the bistro or dine in the luxurious Terrace Restaurant that overlooks the home straight of the track.

Entertaining for social events is the Club's specialty, with a large function room available that can hold up to 600 guests. The Flying Horse has been a welcome addition to Bray Raceway offering modern facilities, which includes a 140 seat bistro and Club TAB.




Crn Bell & Sutton St
Redan, VIC, 3350

Located 11.1K from Haddon

Haddon: Events

IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat


IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat offers athletes a chance to create their own legacy in Victoria's thriving event city.

Athletes will commemorate the fallen heroes of the past as they pass the iconic War Memorials throughout the 1.9 kilometre swim, 90 kilometre cycle, 21.1 kilometre run course.

The 1.9 kilometre swimming leg takes in the 1956 Olympic rowing course of Lake Wendouree, which this year will also host the World Masters Rowing Regatta in October. The two lap, 90 kilometre bike course is steeped in history, encompassing the majestic Avenue of Honour and Arch of Victory. The final leg of IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat is a two lap, 21 kilometre run taking in the Steve Moneghetti Track, named after Ballarat's famous marathon Olympian.

This is an event to lock into the race calendar! Competitors have a chance to win one of 25 age group qualifying spots for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to be held in Austria during August 2015.

IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat has the potential to be one of the best events in Australia, with an exciting new course, great destination, close proximity to Melbourne and a unique grassroots flavour.

With an exciting new course, great destination, close proximity to Melbourne and a unique grassroots flavour, IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat is going to be an amazing event not to be missed.


Event Dates
2016
      11th Dec


Avenue of Honour
Ballarat central, VIC, 3350

Located 9.1K from Haddon

Ballarat International Horse Trials


Ballarat Horse Trials is a three day event held close to the city centre of Ballarat.

The event comprises of three phases of Equestrian disciplines, starting with a Dressage test followed by a round of Show Jumping and finishing on the Sunday with a gruelling Cross Country course to be negotiated.


Event Dates
2016
      6th May
      7th May
      8th May


Park Street East,
PO Box 1246
Redan, VIC, 3350

Located 10.3K from Haddon

Heritage Festival: The Lost Landscapes of Wendouree


From an idyllic Wathaurong camping ground, to a bustling goldfield, to an Edwardian picnic destination, Ballarat's Lake Wendouree has been many things to many people. Tramway historian, Peter Waugh, will take you on a tram and walking tour of some long forgotten places, close to the Lake. Some still exist, some are only tantalizing remnants, and others have disappeared completely. This tour will include the Maze, Monkey House, Gardens Avenue of Honour, Zoo, Sound Shell, Gatekeeper's Lodge, Shell House, original railway station, 1887 Horse Tram stables, the Swamp, and Durham Gold Mine. With photographs and sounds, he will lead you on a journey through history.

This walking tour also includes tram travel and morning tea, in Ballarat's newly renovated historic tram car cafe, Cuthberts.

The National Trust Heritage Festival runs each year in April and May and is a celebration of our shared heritage. Any organisation with an interest in history and heritage can participate. There are hundreds of events happening across the state with the theme of Discovery and Rediscoveries in 2016. To find out more head to the website.


Event Dates
2016
      15th May


Wendouree Parade,
6,
Parliament
Lake Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 11.5K from Haddon

Heritage Festival: Ride the WWI Trams


Discover the excitement of riding in historic electric trams that were running during the First World War.

Melbourne's electric tramways were built just before the outbreak of war in 1914. The trams from this era were replaced by the famous 'W class' trams in the 1930s. The old trams were not retired, but sold to the State Electricity Commission's Provincial Tramways in Ballarat, Bendigo, and Geelong, where they continued in service for many years.

The Ballarat Tramway Museum has a fleet of nine trams, built between 1911 and 1917, which will be running on a surviving section of the Ballarat Tramway, first built in 1887. This is a unique opportunity to see the heritage tram fleet in action, and ride in a variety of beautifully restored trams.

Special opportunities will exist for photographers.

The National Trust Heritage Festival runs each year in April and May and is a celebration of our shared heritage. Any organisation with an interest in history and heritage can participate. There are hundreds of events happening across the state with the theme of Discovery and Rediscoveries in 2016. To find out more head to the website.


Event Dates
2016
      29th May


Wendouree Parade,
6,
Parliament
Lake Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 11.5K from Haddon

Heritage Festival: Bringing Them Home


Since 1971 the Ballarat Tramway Museum has rediscovered many of Ballarat's missing trams and brought them back home. These trams had become farm workshops, playground exhibits, sleepouts, and even built into houses.

This exhibition tells the story of their rediscovery, their journeys home, and the ongoing efforts to restore them to working condition back on the Ballarat Tramway. The display features photographs, stories, artifacts, and of course the trams themselves. Discover them for yourself.

The National Trust Heritage Festival runs each year in April and May and is a celebration of our shared heritage. Any organisation with an interest in history and heritage can participate. There are hundreds of events happening across the state with the theme of Discovery and Rediscoveries in 2016.

To find out more visit their website.


Event Dates
2016
      16th Apr
      17th Apr
      23rd Apr
      24th Apr
      30th Apr
      1st May
      7th May
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      21st May
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      28th May
      29th May


Wendouree Parade,
6,
Parliament
Lake Wendouree, VIC, 3350

Located 11.5K from Haddon

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