A Summer Soiree in the West

Whether you’re planning a school holiday escape with the whole family, a day-trip with your loved one, or even a simple solo adventure, Victoria’s western region has a whole range of happenings to help you celebrate the summertime. Here, we give you some inspiration to help plan your ideal summer soiree over our neck of the woods.

Music and Entertainment

The region has become known as a hive of music and entertainment during the summer with a number of festivals taking place in January alone.  The township of Lexton will light up for a multifaceted weekend of dance, colour, movement and celebration as part of the Rainbow Serpent Festival and in Ballarat, the annual Summer Sundays will bring musicians from near and far to the stage in the picturesque Botanical Gardens.

Over in the historic town of Newstead, you’ll be immersed in a fine selection of folk/roots events for the Newstead Live Music Festival while the Macedon Ranges will welcome the one-and-only Elton John at the Hanging Rock Reserve. Now there’s a summer sensation to write home about!

Ballarat Beer Festival

On February 15, over 150 of the world’s finest craft beers will be showcased at the annual Ballarat Beer Festival. Celebrating craft beer and passionate brewers, the event will feature dozens of regional wines, an abundance of food trucks, live music and heaps of activities for the children.


The summer holiday period is the perfect chance to explore the renowned attractions of the region. From the mineral springs and day spas of Daylesford to the second-hand bookshops and antique stores of Clunes; from Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill and Wildlife Park to Bendigo’s Art Gallery and Golden Dragon Museum; from Maldon’s Victorian Goldfields Railway Steam Train to Creswick’s Woollen Mills – there is plenty to discover for days on end!

Parks and Reserves

Long summer days mean balmy nights spent with friends and family in the outdoors. The region boasts a multitude of parks and reserves ideal for picnicking, including Creswick’s St George’s Lake, the Buninyong Botanic Gardens, Daylesford’s Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens and the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. For something a bit more romantic, head out to the Pyrenees Wine Region and spread your picnic rug amongst the vineyards.

Cafes and Restaurants

Of which there are plenty. Perfectly positioned along western Victoria’s food belt, Ballarat itself is bustling with cafes and restaurants that give visitors a true paddock-to-plate experience. Venture a little further out to towns including Creswick, Daylesford, Talbot and Avoca, and you’ll discover exactly why this side of the state is fast-becoming the place to be for food and wine.