My husband, John, and I have just returned from a wonderful weekend at WorldMark Resort Ballarat.
We have stayed there many times before and keep returning to it. The ambiance is great there. Beautiful old buildings, that make you feel secure and snug in the winter, and cool and relaxed in the heat. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the quality of everything is as we always expect at Wyndham.
Clunes is only a short drive away, and it is the oldest gold mining town in Victoria. In fact, the gold discovery there sparked the Gold Rush in Victoria. For most of the year, the almost original town used to stand forlorn and empty, and it has been used in the film sets for “Ned Kelly”, “Mad Max”, and the remake of the 1950’s classic “On the Beach”. It also appears in some ABC television series. Thanks to the success of Booktown, there are now permanent book shops and antique shops to explore.
We chose to go this weekend because we wished to attend the Clunes International Booktown Festival. Thousands of booksellers, writers and speakers from all over the nation and overseas attend. Booktown is staged right across the town, inside heritage bluestone buildings, and on the streets, and it is great to see the town come alive with so many visitors. The quantity of books, including rare books, was almost overwhelming. Authors were being interviewed, and giving talks to interested readers. There was street entertainment, and plenty of food. There were a few stall holders selling tweed hats and such, and a Punch and Judy show in the main street for the children.
We enjoyed it so much on the Saturday, that we returned to it on the Sunday, and bought even more books, along with bags of sheep poo! Who would have thought!
Nearby are the Lambley Gardens, which are well worth the visit, and there are frequent little markets and events in the area throughout the year as well as a good sprinkling of old gold towns and such.
We enjoyed sunny autumn weather, and this may become an annual booking for us.
Barbara & John,
WorldMark Owners since 2005