The Ballaarat Astronomical Society was founded in 1958 on the initiative of members of the Astronomical Society of Victoria. Since then it has been custodian of the Ballarat Municipal Observatory, which was established in 1886 through the
Located at the picturesque Mount Pleasant Showground, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is only a 40 minute drive from Adelaide and nestled on the outskirts of the Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills. A community run business, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is the place to go to purchase affordable local food and support local farmers. Open Saturdays from 8am to 12pm, the undercover market is a weekly showcase for fresh, regional and seasonal food brought to you by the people who grow and make it. Stallholders range from fruit, vegetables, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, olive oil, meat, seafood, bread and baked goods, hot breakfasts, fresh coffee, jams, preserves and wine. The market even has a unique dog-minding service for those shoppers who love to bring their four legged friends along. Bring your family and enjoy a hearty country breakfast. Delight in some organic coffee and drink in the atmosphere of an "authentic" farmers market. Plenty of seating is available inside and out for those who like to linger over their breakfast and coffee. Hear and see regular guest speakers and cooking demonstrations. Relish in the country atmosphere of the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, and enjoy a great day out!
Partalunga Vineyard, nestled in the breathtaking big red gum country of Mount Pleasant, has been producing premium quality fruit for 30 years. First established by the early 1980s by the famous Seppelt Family and then purchased in 2009 by Phillip and Wendy Bennett from the Adelaide Hills, whose vision is to continue the tradition. The Partalunga Vineyard Cellar Door / Art Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Regional platters are available by prior arrangement and the venue is available for hire. Partalunga Vineyard showcases local artists and also holds a seasonal event called "Swinging in the Vines" with local musicians and regional food. It's a lot of fun! Refer to website for details.