Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Day Tour from Melbourne

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  • Free Cancelation - 7 Days Notice
  • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
  • 9 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Join In Group
  • 2-30 Travelers Per Group
  • Optional Hotel Pick Up
  • Visit Ballarat, the town that has prospered in the wake of gold mining in this area of Australia
  • Step back in time to the 1850's to the re-created goldmining settlement of Sovereign Hill
  • Discover the dangerous, and thrilling world of gold mining with a trip into the Red Hill Mine
  • Try your luck in panning for gold and enjoy some street performances and workshops right in town!
  • Head to this fascinating "outdoor museum" of a town in an air-conditioned coach with free wifi
Most Recent Review

  • 8 Nov 2018
    We have good experience for this trip. Bus arrive on time to our hotel and pickup and very comprehensive explanation by the guide Leon. The experience in this place is awesome.

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  • Tour only (K13)

    Package Details
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: Departs 8:20am

    Inclusive Of:

    • Roundtrip transfer
    • Entry to Sovereign Hill
    • Experienced driver guide
    • Comprehensive commentary
    • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

    Not Inclusive Of:

    • Entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park
    • Food and drinks
    • Personal expenses

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    Package Details
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: Departs 8:20am

    Inclusive Of:

    • Roundtrip transfer
    • Entry to Sovereign Hill
    • Experienced driver guide
    • Comprehensive commentary
    • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

    Not Inclusive Of:

    • Entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park
    • Food and drinks
    • Personal expenses
  • Tour + Wildlife Park Admission (K13+W)

    Package Details
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: Departs 8:20am

    Inclusive Of:

    • Roundtrip transfer
    • Entry to Sovereign Hill
    • Entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park
    • Experienced driver guide
    • Comprehensive commentary
    • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

    Not Inclusive Of:

    • Food and drinks
    • Personal expenses

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    Package Details
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: Departs 8:20am

    Inclusive Of:

    • Roundtrip transfer
    • Entry to Sovereign Hill
    • Entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park
    • Experienced driver guide
    • Comprehensive commentary
    • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

    Not Inclusive Of:

    • Food and drinks
    • Personal expenses
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What To Expect

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.

ballarat
Ballarat stands as testament to the prosperity brought by the gold rush
ballarat wildlife park
Don't forget that stopover at the Ballarat Wildlife Park to meat adorable native species!
sovereign hill
Get transported back in time in Sovereign Hill, with old-time homes, shops, and atmospheres
sovereign hill
Meet the costumed characters and see the workshops that really makes the experience immerise
gold panning
Strike gold as you try gold panning for yourself
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Itinerary

Itinerary:

  • 8:20am depart from Federation Square
  • 10:45am Ballarat Wildlife Park (optional - approximately 1 hour duration; commentary provided by park staff)
  • 11:00am arrive at Sovereign Hill and experience the Eureka Stockade, enjoy Red Hill Mine Tour and gold-panning by yourself (guidance to be provided by park staff)
  • 12:00pm lunch time (at own expense)
  • 5:30pm back to Melbourne
Insider Tips

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket (during the cooler months)
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 2-15
  • Infants age 0-1 can travel for free
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please be advised that the tour times and itinerary are approximate and are subject to change through the day
  • As there will be walking to be done, a basic level of fitness is required. The Red Hill Mine Tour also requires participants to be able to walk on their own, as the mine features a staircase with 50 steps. Children may participate if under the strict guidance of their parents
  • Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only on the date and time specified

Meet Up Information:

  • Time: 8:10am (please arrive the meet up point 10 minutes prior to the departure time)
  • Location: Federation Square

Hotel Pick Up:

  • Hotel pick-ups are only available for selected city hotels and must be requested with your booking
  • Please fill in your hotel name and address upon check out. If your hotel is not on the list, booking team will match you with nearest pick up point. Please check your voucher for exact pick up location and time
  • Please be outside the hotel 5 minutes prior to pick-up. As this is a shared transfer, please be patient in case of unforeseen delays along the pick up route

How To Get There:

  • By Trams: 1 min walking from Flinders Street station/Federation Square station
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 7 days prior to the activity
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Reviews (2) 5.0
  • Wan Sen 8 Nov 2018
    We have good experience for this trip. Bus arrive on time to our hotel and pickup and very comprehensive explanation by the guide Leon. The experience in this place is awesome.
  • Evarose Flor 11 Oct 2018
    I liked the place a lot. It was a fun tour. I saw a lot of interesting things! Well recommended. Thanks Klook!
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