Victorian era Australia was a historical time of adventure as the world arrived at the continent’s doorstep for the Australian gold rush. Experience going on your own Victorian gold rush with this 9-hour tour, accompanied by an English speaking driver guide. Your visits start with a pick up either from your hotel or Federation Square, and from here, you head to Ballarat and Sovereign Hill, which is considered as something of an “outdoor museum” in that the locations allow you not just to see the areas, but to truly get your hands into it. Ballarat is the first stop, a town of great historical significance during the era, where the tree lined streets introduce you to the result of 1850s gold prosperity. There is an option here for you to visit the Ballarat Wildlife Park, where a variety of local and exotic animals can be found. These include charming meerkat families, penguins, wombats, and a fascinating array of large reptiles. But upon departing from Ballarat, you’re off towards Sovereign Hill, where the rush itself comes to life. The streets are lined with period style homes, shops and retailers, with even costumed characters wandering the streets and showing tourists about life back in the 1850s. The Eureka Stockade is one of the highlights of the town. The story of the stockade brings back the rebellion in which armed miners fought back against the taxes, changing the history of Australia. You also get to experience a tour of the Red Hill Mine, a real underground gold mine, allowing you a true glimpse into the dangerous world of deep lead mining. Afterwards, you get your very own chance to strike gold! One of the best activities in town is gold-panning, and the diggers on hand will show you all the best tricks to find gold during your own attempt. All around the town are street theatre performances and workshops, so you can watch and truly feel as though you are right in the heart of gold rush Australia. Cherish the many memories you make as you head back safely to Melbourne at the end of your day.