A quick look ahead

Things are a little quiet around the region at the moment.  The Australian Open, cricket, kids going back to school and hot, hot weather making sure that the pace of life is a little slower, which may not be a bad thing – as it’s sure to crank up soon enough.  Here are just a few things to take in until then.


One of Ballarat’s most popular events, Summer Sundays will finish on 20th January.  From jazz to rock’n’roll to folk music, the event is held in the beautiful surrounds of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, this FREE community event is presented by the City of Ballarat.


Australian folk-roots music festival in the historic country town of Newstead, near Castlemaine, Central Victoria. www.newsteadlive.com

Jekyll & Hyde premiers in Ballarat Feb 28 – 10 March, 2019

The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in the musical phenomenon, Jekyll & Hyde.

The musical is based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and features a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse.  Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerised audiences the world over and has been described as “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA meets LES MISERABLES”. One of the amazing heart-stopping, toe-tapping songs from this show is “This Is The Moment”. Get ready to fall in love with this show.  An evocative tale of two men – one, a doctor, passionate and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman – and two women – one, beautiful and trusting; the other, beautiful and trusting only herself– both women in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret.  A devoted man of science, Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing his inner demons along with the man that the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.


From 10 November 2018 to 31 March 2019, visitors can wander through a trail of discovery on the winery’s expansive lawns, exploring over 25 works of art, each of which has been hand-crafted by leading local, national and international sculptors. While taking in the sculptures, grab a bite and a delicious glass of wine at the iconic winery   http://www.hangingrock.com.au

Just a few more ideas to help you on your way.

Ballarat – Websters Market & Cafe 61 Webster St.
Bendigo – Corner Store Cafe, 305 View St.
Castlemaine – Origini Cafe, 213 Barker St.
Creswick – Smokey Town Cafe, Albert St.
Kyneton – Source Dining, 72 Piper St.