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Sovereign Hill Gold Rush & Ballarat Wildlife Park with Return Hotel Transfers from Melbourne

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    • Child (2-15)
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Key Highlights

  • 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
  • Explore the city of Ballarat and gain insight into the Victorian Gold Rush of the 1800's
  • Try panning for real gold and take an underground gold mine tour
  • 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
  • Enjoy the services of a friendly and knowledgeable guide during the tour
  • Return transfers from your hotel in Melbourne included in the package
  • Overview
    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!

    Visit the award-winning Ballarat Wildlife Park and enjoy close interaction with koalas, wombats, kangaroos and even crocodiles. Boasting a rich collection of native Australian wildlife in 16 hectares of natural bushland, Ballarat Wildlife Park promises a wonderful experience for both adults and children.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

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


    10 hours

    Start time

    Hotel pick-ups between 7am to 8am.

    Meeting Point

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Melbourne.
    Please advise your hotel details at the time of booking or contact our local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Melbourne


    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.

    Pay a visit to the Red Hill Mine. Explore the depths of a real underground gold mine and discover the dark and dangerous world of deep lead mining. Learn about the discovery of the famous ‘Welcome Nugget’.

    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.

    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
    • Luxury coach travel
    • Guide
    • Admission into Sovereign Hill
    • Historic town of Ballarat
    • Eureka Stockade Centre
    • Ballarat Wildlife Park


    • Lunch
  • 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.
  • Customer Reviews
    • Good trip

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