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Sovereign Hill Open Air Museum with optional Wildlife Park

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Key Highlights

  • Tour the Sovereign Hill open-air museum
  • Tour the interactive Ballarat museum
  • Experience Melbourne’s Gold Rush days
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Mar: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday


    9.5 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Melbourne.
    (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Melbourne

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Relive Australia’s gold rush days on this trip to the open-air museum, Sovereign Hill. Located within the city of Ballarat, this award winning museum has attracted visitors of all ages. With streets lined with costumed workers, antiques, books, artwork and machinery from the 1850’s, it’s an impressive and almost accurate recreation of the Gold Rush days. You can even get a ride in one of the horse drawn carriages, borrow a colorful costume and if you are up to it, explore the glittering underground mines!

    Take this tour and you will be drawn into Australia’s Gold Rush days at the interactive and unique museum of Ballarat.


    You will be picked up from your hotel in Melbourne and will travel in an air-conditioned coach to Ballarat covering a distance of about 140 kilometres. Listen to the expert commentary by English-speaking guide about Sovereign Hill which is an award winning museum. Stroll along streets lined with costumed workers and you will get a sense of Australia’s past. Check out the antiques and artwork and machinery from the 1850s and you can pick up interesting souvenirs too. You can even enjoy ride in one of the horse drawn carriages traversing the original route of the horse-drawn coaches or tour an underground gold mine (both payable direct). Enjoy the sight of busy craftsmen and the sound of the blacksmith’s hammer. If you have any questions, the costumed bystanders will be more than willing to answer.

    Continue in the coach to see the attractions of Ballarat. Marvel at the impressive architecture of this city which became rich because of its golden era of prosperity. As the coach passes the Eureka Stockade Centre in Ballarat, listen to the commentary about one of Australia’s most notorious incidents that took place there. You will spend more time at the Sovereign Hill if you do not opt for the wildlife park.

    If you have opted to visit the Wildlife Park, you will be taken to the park to see the Tasmanian Devil, emus and poisonous snakes. Also watch the fascinating sight of crocodiles being fed by the caretakers.

    After this tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Melbourne where the tour ends.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Entrance fee
    • Luxury coach travel
    • Admission into Sovereign Hill
    • Pan for gold
    • Historic town of Ballarat
    • Eureka Stockade Centre
    • Gold Museum
    • Ballarat Wildlife Park
    • Entrance fees


    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    All bookings will incur a fuel levy of AUD$5.00 per adult payable direct.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • reviews
    • Good trip

      All good. Satisfied with the tour service....

      shannyn, , 26/Feb/2017

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