After an entire term cooped up inside their homes, Ballarat children are finally getting a taste of freedom, and at exactly the perfect time.
The reopening of Ballarat comes just in time for the start of the September school holidays.
While there is no Royal Melbourne Show to go to this year, Ballarat is open for business.
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One of the key drivers is Kryal Castle which will lower the drawbridge - and this time hopefully for good - when it reopens this morning.
The medieval attraction will open from 10am to 4pm Friday through to Monday. It will be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, but accommodation will be opened seven days a week.
General Manager Melissa Dimond said safety and well-being of guests would be the priority in the reopening, adding crowd numbers will be kept to acceptable limits and best hygiene practices would be in place.
"There will be some changes to our operation to ensure everyone's safety," Ms Dimond said.
"Our outdoor castle allows visitors to practice social distancing while enjoying an entertaining day with friends and family."
Outdoor activities will include archery, axe throwing, knights school as the jousting and arena shows plus street theatre. Restrictions will apply to the Wizards Tower, Knights Tower and Torture Museum
"We're thrilled to be able to open for our regional visitors in time for the school holidays, it's a great boost for our hardworking team and for the Moorabool and Ballarat region," Ms Dimond said.
"Our team have been working hard to ensure our program meets all the requirements of the restrictions while still providing an entertaining day out for all."
The Ballarat Wildlife Park is also back in action, having reopened its gates to visitors on Thursday.
It is offering a 10 per cent discount of standard entry tickets at the door with all patrons asked to wear masks while in the grounds.
The City of Ballarat playgrounds are progressively being opened once they have undergone compliance updates, while skate parks are also back able to be used.
The Wendouree, Sebastopol and Pennyweight Park off-leash dog parks are all open if you want to take your pet for a run.
Sporting grounds are open for exercise purposes but social distancing measures must be strictly observed and groups of no more than 10 people are allowed.
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