WorldMark South Pacific Club Owners Robert & Carol visited Ballarat, VIC, for the first time – here’s their story!
My wife and I have been restricted in the past when selecting holiday destinations as I am a poor traveller on aeroplanes. I have vertigo and we have always driven to WorldMark resorts and have experienced some wonderful holidays since we joined as Owners in 2001. We had not driven to your Ballarat resort as it seemed too distant; however it was strongly recommended by other Owners we had met over the years.
We made the big decision (for us), to fly to Melbourne, hire a car and drive up to Ballarat for a week at this beautiful resort. I survived the plane travel (only two hours), collected our vehicle and when we drove into the driveway at WorldMark Resort Ballarat, it was like stepping back in time. The stunning bluestone building built in 1878 greeted us and on entering noticed all the original features had been preserved.
Our spacious Studio apartment had all the modern facilities, but you could feel the history with the very high ceilings, the lead lighting, period furniture and the radiators which kept the rooms cosy all week. WorldMark should be commended for saving and restoring this historic building and surroundings which allows people from all over the world to experience the heritage area. We cycled around the beautifully maintained grounds and the large lake, which is full of wildlife, including fish, where we enjoyed a wine every evening.
Our week went very fast as we experienced the true Australian history at Sovereign Hill, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.), theGold Museum and the botanical gardens. Highlight of our stay was an organised wine tour to the Pyrenees region (rated as the region for some of the best wines in Australia). We drove to small towns around the region and witnessed the charm of the countryside and their historic buildings. It was always a pleasure getting back to the resort to enjoy a swim in the heated indoor pool, a hot spa and the peaceful magic of the lake and the gardens.
The week went too quickly and it was sad to leave (and I had to fly again), but it made us realise that without our Ownership we may never had the opportunity to visit such wonderful destinations like WorldMark Resort Ballarat.
Robert & Carol,
WorldMarkSP Owners since 2001