BOREALIS ON THE LAKE is bringing artivist Dan Acher’s Northern Lights to Lake Daylesford this winter.
The mesmerising installation transports you to a place far away, where time slows down as your eyes look up.
Through colour, movement, density of light beams and changing weather, unique auroras are projected over the lake. The perfect blend of technology and art. Set to a tranquil soundtrack, you become truly immersed in the wonder and magic of BOREALIS.
Created by Switzerland-based artivist Dan Acher the intent with his work is to create spaces where strangers come together and connect beyond their differences – creating a sense of belonging and community. Cities are his playgrounds, reaching thousands of people. The installation is enjoyable by people of all ages.
Who needs the Northern Lights when Daylesford has BOREALIS ON THE LAKE?
WHAT TO BRING
BOREALIS on the Lake is an outdoor night-time event, in the middle of winter, so we recommend you dress for the weather. Warm winter clothing is essential! We recommend beanies, gloves and scarves, and even a blanket if you want to rug up!
Weatherproof cushions and neat foldable seats are also a good option to bring if you want to sit and stay for a while.
An exciting selection of food and beverage offerings will be available to purchase at the event. BYO alcohol is strictly prohibited, however our vendors on site are licensed and will be selling an assortment of alcoholic beverages.
Daylesford has always given individuals the opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, to unwind and destress. Immerse yourself in the laid-back Daylesford & Macedon Ranges lifestyle. Whether it’s a resort, wellness retreat, cosy cottage or B&B, you will find the right accommodation for your relaxing getaway.
Daylesford and BOREALIS On the Lake are a match made in heaven, the perfect weekend getaway.
WHERE TO STAY
Here are some local accommodation providers we recommend:
For further accommodation options go to: VISIT VICTORIA
2 Leggatt Street, Daylesford, Victoria, 3460
The entry point to BOREALIS is adjacent to the Boathouse Daylesford and can only be accessed via Leggatt Street or Bleakley Street.
Please be advised that the event area, around the southwest corner of the lake, is closed to other access points during operational hours.
A (ticketed) shuttle service operates between the Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre and Lake Daylesford Carpark, on Fridays and Saturdays only.
The first shuttle leaves the Visitor Information Centre at 5:45pm and the last shuttle leaves Lake Daylesford at 10pm. Shuttle service runs continuously all evening until the end of the event.
Daylesford Taxi Service – (03) 5348 1111
HOW TO GET TO DAYLESFORD
MELBOURNE – DAYLESFORD: 90 min (113km) via Calder FWY/M79
GEELONG – DAYLESFORD: 85 min (101km) via Geelong-Ballan Rd/C141
For further Transport options please visit Travel Victoria
• Parking available along Leggatt Street and on Bridport Street by Daylesford Primary School
• Drop-off zone and Accessible parking only, in Lake Daylesford Carpark – 2 Leggatt Street, Daylesford
Daylesford is rich in history, art and creativity. Enjoy a delicious meal made from the finest local produce, rejuvenate with a trip to the spa, sip on the region’s finest wines or explore the surrounding landscapes and forests. You will find exquisite options to enjoy around Daylesford prior to your BOREALIS experience.
WHERE TO EAT
Some of our recommended local dining options are:
For more dining options please go to VISIT VICTORIA
WHAT TO DO
We recommend checking out these local attractions:
The Mineral Spa – a relaxing sanctuary in the heart of Victoria’s spa country
Winter Sounds – A weekend music event running from 15th – 17th July
The Convent Daylesford – An Art Gallery nestled on the crest of Wombat Hill
Daylesford Sunday Market – A popular farmers market on every Sunday
To find more local attractions and activities go to VISIT VICTORIA
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is BOREALIS on the Lake?
BOREALIS on the Lake is an outdoor immersive light and sound installation over Lake Daylesford using theatrical hazers and laser beams, to create an effect that replicates the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis. A gentle soundtrack is played alongside the visual effect to create a peaceful and magical experience.
What time should I arrive?
We advise you arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes in advance of your session time.
How long does BOREALIS run?
Borealis is a continuous performance. Once you enter you are welcome to stay to enjoy it for as long as you like (up to closing time).
Entry is staggered by 15 minutes. First to last session times are:
Thursday: 6:45pm – 8:00pm
Friday 6:45pm – 9:15pm
Saturday: 6:45pm – 9:45pm
Sunday: 6:45pm – 8:30pm
The venue will close 45 minutes after the last session begins on any given night.
Is it suitable for children?
Yes. It suitable for all ages but please note, the event takes place near water at night, so for safety purposes young children must be supervised at all times.
Can I take photos or videos?
Yes! Borealis looks magnificent in video and photographs and we encourage you to get your cameras and phones out to capture the visual magic of this effect. We love seeing your pictures and footage so please be sure to tag us on social media @borealisau or using hashtags #borealisau #borealisonthelake
Can I buy tickets onsite?
It is important to purchase your tickets in advance by visiting our website www.borealisau.com. We can not promise there will be availability to purchase tickets on-site.
What are the ticket prices?
Thur/Fri & Sun
Individual tickets are $20
Family tickets are $60 (2 adults and 2-3 children under 14 yrs)
Individual tickets are $25
Family tickets are $80 (2 adults and 2-3 children under 14 yrs)
Babes in arms (under 2 years of age) are FREE.
Companion Card holders will be issued one (1) complimentary ticket when accompanying a standard ticket holder. The Companion Card must be presented at entry for this offer to be redeemed.
Is the experience accessible?
BOREALIS is a visual and auditory sensory experience that can be enjoyed by most people. There is accessible parking close to the event, accessible toilets, and step-free access for wheelchairs and prams. There are no dedicated nappy changing facilities in the event site but there are some available in the separate public toilets near the entrance.
Those accompanying a person with a disability may enter free of charge if they present their Companion Card to Front of House staff at the time of entrance. If you have any special requirements you would like to discuss in advance please contact email@example.com
Is BOREALIS on the Lake safe for people with epilepsy?
The lighting effect is not designed to ‘flash’ but it does flicker. Patrons with concerns are advised to reference this short video clip of the effect to help determine if it is suitable for them.
Can I bring my dog?
Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to attend with their owners. We just ask that you ensure you clean up after them while at the event.
Is there a shuttle bus to the event?
Yes – Please see the Getting Here section
What is the Bad Weather policy?
Borealis will proceed in all weather, as long as the organisers assess it is safe to go ahead. As this is a winter event we encourage audience members to come prepared with warm clothing and any additional items, such as raincoats or umbrellas, should light rain occur.
A Message From Steve Dimopoulos MP
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events
Daylesford’s night sky will light up in colour in an immersive outdoor light and sound show that will transform Lake Daylesford and transport audience members to the Arctic Circle. The captivating display of auroras is set to attract tens of thousands of visitors to Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges for this unique experience.
While in the area for BOREALIS ON THE LAKE, I encourage visitors to explore all that the region has to offer including local food and wine, natural springs and day spas, art galleries and shopping experiences.
Borealis on the Lake is supported by the Government’s $20 million Regional Events Fund and is one of many exciting events being held in Victoria in 2022.
The Regional Events Fund has supported more than 280 events since 2016, bringing visitors to regional Victoria and showcasing the wide range of experiences on offer across our state. The Victorian Government is committed to supporting events like Borealis on the Lake, which support local businesses and jobs.