We were told

So the doors opened and infections rose dramatically.  The Department of Health experts can be excused for saying “we told you so”.  At the moment, infections seem to be confined to particular Melbourne suburbs, some of which are very nearly bordering on our region.  Considering the influx of visitors to our towns over the past few weekends, we can only hope that those visitors respectfully practice social distancing. 

We spoke with the Mayor of Hepburn Shire, Licia Kokocinski about the Council’s response to Covid-19 in the Shire. Read her comments here https://secretsmagazine.com.au/2020/06/the-mayor-speaks-about-hepburn-shire-covid-19

Shout out for Swiss Mountain Hotel

Our hospitality operators are doing an excellent job in maintaining the guidelines and this is a ‘shout out’ for the Swiss Mountain Hotel.  We ventured out for lunch for the first time in a long time on Saturday and not wishing to risk the crowds in Daylesford, we headed to the Swiss Mountain.  The food was very good, although the atmosphere a little weird being in a large venue, sparsely furnished with limited attendance.  The management and staff were excellent, sanitising tables and chairs immediately customers left and when new customers arrived with the venue at capacity, they politely and firmly turned them away without rancour by any party. They did well.


School Holidays are here again

Despite the latest setback in Covid-19 infections, Ballarat is still opening and stretching – (a bit like a bear waking from hibernation) with several popular venues welcoming visitors back once more.


Kryal Castle

Kryal Castle Adventure Park will be open daily for the school holidays.  Tickets can only be purchased online to ensure visitor numbers are managed safely. 

To learn more and to book tickets visit http://kryalcastle.com.au


Meer Cats

Ballarat Wildlife Park

The Ballarat Wildlife Park specialises in native Australian animals and a wide variety of exotic reptiles.  From free roaming kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian Devils, eagles, giant tortoises, crocodiles and alligators to a large display of lizards and both venomous and non-venomous Snakes.  Recent additions are the funny and very cute meerkats and Sumatran tigers Maneki and Satu.  

Open daily 9am to 5pm http://wildlifepark.com.au


Sovereign Hill

The Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum will re-open to the public on Saturday June 27. Pursuing a gradual re-opening approach Sovereign Hill will be open to visitors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  To ensure the management of visitor numbers tickets are only available online for the time being and will be capped at 1,000. 

For more information and to book tickets go to http://sovereignhill.com.au


Ballarat Art Gallery

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is Australia’s oldest regional gallery with a remarkably comprehensive collection of Australian art. Visitors have the opportunity to walk through the history of Australian art, with important representative works from colonial to contemporary periods.

Open daily 10am to 5pm. http://artgalleryofballarat.com.au


Bendigo Art Gallery

Bendigo Art Gallery is one of the oldest and largest regional galleries in Australia.  The collection is extensive, with an emphasis on 19th century European art and Australian art from the 1800’s, alongside a strong collection of contemporary Australian art.  Over the last decade, the gallery has cemented a reputation for presenting innovative international exhibitions alongside a dynamic and varied suite of public programs and events.  Open daily 10am to 5pm 



Trentham Falls

Trentham Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria, plunging 32 metres over ancient basalt columns.  Winter is one of the most impressive times to visit when rain creates the strongest flow.  Easy, picturesque walks will lead you from the car park to viewing areas

There is no access to the top or base of the falls due to unstable and steep cliff).  Picnic areas surrounded by bush make it a desirable day out no matter the season.


Where to now

Despite this temporary setback brought about by a thoughtless, selfish few, with common sense, consideration and respect for others, we will be able to move around again with care soon.  Dan Andrews and his government have done an excellent job and we are confident that they will get us through this. And to the  Premiers of our other States who like to throw barbs at we Victorians, can we say – you should be thanking us – you can now clearly see what happens when people don’t follow the rules.