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  •  Melbourne Sovereign Hill Gold Rush Full Day Tour

Melbourne Sovereign Hill Gold Rush Full Day Tour

  • Ballarat, Melbourne
  • English
  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirm

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Transport from/to selected hotels
  • 2. Entry to Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum
  • 3. Experienced driver guide
  • 4. Comprehensive commentary
  • 5. Travel in an air-conditioned coach
From AUD

1 Key Facts


  • 1. Transport from/to selected hotels
  • 2. Entry to Sovereign Hill and Gold Museum
  • 3. Experienced driver guide
  • 4. Comprehensive commentary
  • 5. Travel in an air-conditioned coach


  • 1. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 2. Souvenirs
  • 3. Travel Insurance
Destination Ballarat, Melbourne
Depature point ● Departs*: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
* Tour does not run on Christmas Day (25 December), or New Year's Day (01 January)
● Departure Point: Federation Square (Address: Corner Flinders & Russell Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000)
● Departure Time^: 08:20
^Complementary transfer from/to selected city hotels included before departure time
● Arrives Melbourne at approximately 17:30
How to get there ● Complementary transfer from/to selected hotels included.  Please indicate the name of your hotel at the point of booking - the most convenient pick-up location and time will be advised in your booking confirmation. Or

● Please make your own way to the meeting point selected at time of booking on the travel date
Reconfirmation requirements Please be advised you are required to contact The Service Provider 24 hours prior to the travel date during business hours to reconfirm your booking, pick up location and time, and departure time with your confirmation number. Please adjust your travel plan according to the details given by The Service Provider at time of reconfirming.
Check-in requirements ● Complementary Transfer
If you have booked hotel transfer service, please arrive 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time at your booked pick up location. There might be 5-10 minutes delay depends on the traffic on the day. If you think the pick is late or you are not being picked up, please call service provider and quote your confirmation number to double check.

● Self Drive / Public Transports
If you are making your own way to the meeting point, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the departure time. Meeting point is located at Federation Square, corner of Flinders & Russell Streets, Melbourne.
What to bring/wear ● Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions, eg. jacket for cooler months.
● Comfortable enclosed walking shoes
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Water bottle, Snacks
● Money/credit card for optional purchases
Other info Low level of fitness required

2 Overview

Today you’ll step back in time to the era of the Victorian gold rush. First you’ll head out over the West Gate Bridge, en route to the beautiful town of Ballarat. Sit back and relax with entertainment introducing you to Sovereign Hill, a wonderful outdoor museum exhibiting in ‘real life’ the story of Australia’s gold rush history.

Melbourne Ballarat Sovereign Hill Gold Rush



The town of Ballarat, north west of Melbourne, was founded during the gold rush era of the 1850s. As word spread that the Ballarat region was home to one of the largest deposits of alluvial gold ever discovered, thousands came from all over the world seeking their fortune.

The gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement and now the largest inland city in Victoria.

You can witness the legacy of this historic time in the Victorian and Edwardian architecture scattered throughout the town centre but the best place to learn about the gold rush era is at Sovereign Hill, an interactive outdoor museum that recreates the 1850s gold mining town.

Step back in time to experience the hustle and bustle of Main Street as costumed characters parade their new-found wealth, venture underground on a fully –guided gold mine tour and even try your luck panning for gold.


  • Step back in time to the era of the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s 
  • As you arrive in Ballarat you'll come to understand the historical significance of this town 
  • In its centre the lush tree-lined streets are filled with grand homes of the Victorian era, many the result of prosperity from the gold fields of the 1850s 
  • Experience the amazing story of the Eureka Stockade 
  • Try your hand at panning for gold! 
  • You'll be entertained by performances illustrating the exciting and colourful life on the gold fields 
  • Visit some operational workshops and witness demonstrations of blacksmithing, wheelwrighting, gold pouring, candle making and many more 
  • Add on the Ballarat Wildlife Park and get up close to Australia's amazing and unique wildlife (See Optional Add-on)


Optional add-on: Ballarat Wildlife Park

Visit the Ballarat Wildlife Park, where you'll see a unique selection of wildlife in their natural habitats. You'll see saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and so many more. You can wander through the park taking in the many exhibits, join guided tours and participate in interactive shows. Feeding times can be a lot of fun - particularly with the crocs!


3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. ● If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. ● If no show, no refund.

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