Haddon Lions Park is 12 km west of Ballarat. You are in easy driving distance to the town and all it’s shops, etc. Also you are near the amazing Sovereign hill live museum. This was our first camp after disembarking the Spirit Of Tasmania which is 1.5 hours away. This was a good camp to stop at after our three month trip to Tasmania.
Haddon Lions Park
The campsite is a large grass area next to a creek and big enough for many rigs of any size.
A few fire pits are in one area so is a good gathering spot for campers. Picnic benches and a water tap is also in this area. Water taps can also be found in other places to fill your tank.
is a playground and skate park so the kids can have some fun. For
those with pets this camp is also dog friendly.
Toilets are available 24/7 and bins are located in this area as is the donation envelops. Pop some money in and take it to the general store over the road. The undercover BBQ area is also close by.
Have A Walk
Haddon Lions Park has a General store opposite it. This is where you take your donations for the camp, you can also get hot take away food if you don’t want to cook. You can also get fuel should you need it.
kart racing is also a walk away if you want something a little
different to do. We didn’t hear it from our camp so don’t worry
about noise, it’s a pretty quiet place.
Have A Drive
Larry had visited Sovereign Hill 25 years ago and wanted to come back and see it. I’m so glad he did as I loved it. This is an open air museum with volunteers walking around dressed in 1850’s costumes. Shops, houses, camp sites and the whole town is done up as it would have been in the gold rush between 1851 and 1861.
can go gold panning, buy things they make in front of you like
candles and copper products. Speak to the people dressed in costumes
and they will talk to you as if it was back in the day.
The ladies we spoke to as we walked in to one of the cottages were fantastic. Sitting by the warm fire dressed in 1850’s clothes and crocheting, they told us about the gold rush and how the tents, then buildings, came to be. The lady in the old pharmacy/ dentist also played the part, asking if we needed a dentist or an ointment etc.
Haddon Lions Park has all your basics and a little bit more. Whether you’re heading here after returning from The Spirit Of Tasmania or you want to check out Ballarat and surroundings, this is a good camp to stay.