This is my sixth winter in Ballarat, and yet, I still can't say I'm used to it. It's also a good talking point - "How's things?" "Yeah, pretty good - nice and cold in Ballarat though".
My one saving grace is the Ballarat Winter Festival, and not only is it back from July 1, 2017, but it sounds like it's going to be even bigger and better than ever before!
I'm already booked in to visit Sovereign Hill's Winter Wonderlights, I ticked the Pop-Up Ice Skating Rink off last year, but I might line up another visit - and how intriguing is this - Giant Slide, Snow Globe and Frozen Forrest - I think I'll be checking that out too!
Top Image: By Bert Kaufmann from Roermond, Netherlands (Misty winter afternoon) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons