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Ballarat from Melbourne: Wildlife Park & Sovereign Hill with Hotel Pick-Up

  • When does it run?

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • Start time

    8:15am.

    Hotel pick-up will start from 6:30am.

  • Duration

    9 hours (approx.)

Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up from selected hotels
  • Coach tour
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Entrance fees to Wildlife Park
  • VIP close Wildlife encounter
  • Live English speaking guide
  • Sovereign Hill
  • Gold Museum
  • GPS Commentary in Mandarin and Japanese
  • Complimentary GPS devices
  • Red Hill Mine tour
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Guests
  • Adult (15+)
  • Child (4-14)
  • Infant (0-3)

Key Highlights

  • Relive Australia’s gold rush days with a tour of the town of Ballarat
  • Go back in time at Sovereign Hill – an outdoor museum and a recreation of an 1850's gold mining town
  • See period-style homes, shops, blacksmiths, hotels and costumed characters bring the bygone days back to life
  • Come face to face with native Australian wildlife at the award-winning Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Hand feed kangaroos, meet koalas, emus and see Tasmanian Devils
  • The VIP Wildlife Close Encounter allows you to observe reptiles from INSIDE their enclosures!
  • Enjoy exclusive access to selected wildlife with great photo ops
  • Enjoy the services of a friendly and knowledgeable guide during the tour
  • Enjoy the convenience of hotel pick-up from Melbourne
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!

Overview

Relive Australia’s gold rush days with a trip to the city of Ballarat. Marvel at the impressive architecture of this city which became rich because of its golden era of prosperity. Pass the Eureka Stockade - site of the 1854 Miner's Rebellion and enjoy a complete town tour of this gracious city with its exquisite gardens and noble statues.

Pay a visit to the famous Ballarat Wildlife Park and get up & close to koalas, wombats, kangaroos and even crocodiles. Boasting a rich collection of native Australian wildlife in 16 hectares of natural bushland, spend time hand feeding Kangaroos and see a variety of reptiles such as giant tortoises, rattlesnakes and giant anacondas and pythons.

With the VIP Wildlife Close encounter included in the package, prepare for a gutsy behind-the-scenes wildlife encounter like no other! Enjoy exclusive access to selected wildlife with a photo for a unique and thrilling experience, watch a reptile during feeding time from INSIDE its enclosure and spend one-on-one time with a favourite Australian animal. Your brush with Aussie wildlife is about to get so much more daunting….

Check out Sovereign Hill, an award winning museum and a major tourist magnet. 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 pick up interesting souvenirs.

Hitch a fun ride in ride 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.

Explore the depths of the Red Hill Mine, a real underground gold mine and discover the dark and dangerous world of deep lead mining.

Visit the Gold Museum and take in the jawdropping collection of gold nuggets, gold coins, alluvial deposits and priceless gold artefacts, a testament to the wealth derived from the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • Duration

    9 hours (approx.)

  • Start time

    8:15am.

    Hotel pick-up will start from 6:30am.

  • Meeting Point

    Good news! You can get picked up from your hotel, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don’t worry if you have not booked your hotel yet, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details.

    If you do not wish for a pickup, you can directly make your way at the departure point: Federation Square East. 

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 20 minutes early.

  • Ending Point

    Make your own way back to your accommodation in Melbourne.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up from selected hotels
  • Coach tour
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Entrance fees to Wildlife Park
  • VIP close Wildlife encounter
  • Live English speaking guide
  • Sovereign Hill
  • Gold Museum
  • GPS Commentary in Mandarin and Japanese
  • Complimentary GPS devices
  • Red Hill Mine tour
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Please note

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

VIP wildlife close encounter is limited to 10 guests.

You must call the local activity operator and pre book your GPS devices to reserve them for you.

Sturdy walking shoes are recommended due to uneven and sometimes slippery terrain.

Photographs are not permitted in the Underground Mine or at any performances at the Victoria Theatre. 

The tour concludes at 5:30pm. No hotel drop off is available.

A fuel levy may apply when world oil prices exceed the allowance in the fare.

Foreign language tours require a minimum of two adults to operate.

Itineraries, prices and days of operation are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.

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