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Step back in time and experience the Australian gold Rush era. Explore the wonders of Ballarat as well as Sovereign Hill, a replica of an old gold-mining town, where you can tour the underground mines, ride a stagecoach and pan for gold! An optional addition to your tour is a visit to the Ballarat Wildlife Park where you can get up close and personal with the creatures of the Australian bush, and, if you dare, a crocodile at feeding time! Take a chance on striking gold.


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  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Travel to Ballarat and visit Sovereign Hill, a perfectly re-created 1850s goldmining settlement. Explore the shops and wander the main street to visit goldsmiths and craftsmen at work. Journey through the town and see the Victorian architecture of a prosperous era. Cross the original route of the early horse drawn stage coaches. Try your luck panning for gold, visit the museum or ride a stage coach (own expense). Tour an underground gold mine or catch a ride in a traditional horse drawn carriage (own expense). Discover the turbulent story behind one of Australia's most notorious incidents at the Eureka Stockade Centre in Ballarat. View Ballarats historic sites and beautiful Victorian architecture, a thriving monument to the towns golden era of prosperity. Visit the Gold Museum. Enjoy browsing the unique period style stores along with real life characters and story re-enactments.

Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Discover the unique creatures of the Australian bush. Share the Parkers families passion, the family has been involved in caring for Australian wildlife for over four decades. Get as close as you dare to a crocodile at a feeding session, see Tasmanian devils, wallabies, giant turtles, emus and poisonous snakes. Also touch a cuddly koala, encounter kangaroos and meet Patrick, the wombat.

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Tour departs from selected Melbourne hotels


Federation Square
Departure Time:

    Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

    Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

    9 hours (approx.)
    Return Details:
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm

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    Tour Only
    Code: M3

    Ballarat and Sovereign Hill full day tour departing Melbourne. Pickup/drop off from centrally located Melbourne hotels.

    USD $124.26
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    Tour + Wildlife Park
    Code: M3W

    Ballarat and Sovereign Hill full day tour departing Melbourne. Pickup/drop off from centrally located Melbourne hotels. Includes entrance to Ballarat Wildlife Park.

    USD $139.88
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    Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Day Tour with Optional Wildlife Park from Melbourne

    Historic Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Day Tour with Optional Wildlife Park

    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Transport by air-conditioned coach
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Admission to Sovereign Hill
    • Entrance fees to Ballarat Wildlife Park (if option selected at time of booking)
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities (optional)
    Additional Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    Hotel Pickups:
    7:10am Adara East Apartments
    7:25am Adina Grand Apartments
    7:10am Atlantis Hotel
    6:50am Bayside Eden
    6:50am Bayview on the Park
    6:50am Como Hotel
    7:20am Crown Metropol
    7:15am Crown Promenade
    7:20am Crown Towers
    7:25am Crowne Plaza
    7:05am Downtowner on Lygon
    7:00am Hilton Southwharf
    7:20am Holiday Inn Flinders
    7:25am Hotel Sofia
    7:30am Ibis Hotel Therry Street
    7:25am Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
    7:35am Intercontinental Hotel The Rialto
    7:25am Kings Street Backpackers
    7:10am Langham Hotel
    7:10am Magnolia Court
    7:05am Mantra on Jolimont
    7:35am Mantra on Russell
    7:20am Mantra on the Park
    7:30am Marriott Hotel
    7:15am Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
    7:30am Mercure Grand on Swanston
    6:55am Mercure Pullman Albert Park
    7:15am Mercure Treasury Gardens
    7:30am Mercure Welcome Hotel
    7:10am Miami Hotel
    6:40am Novotel Bayside
    7:30am Novotel Collins
    7:20am Oaks on Market
    7:25am Park Hyatt
    7:15am Pullman on the Park
    7:15am Radisson Flagstaff
    7:40am Rendezvous Hotel
    7:00am Rydges Carlton
    7:20am Rydges Melbourne
    7:00am Seasons Botanical
    7:15am Sofitel Hotel
    7:25am Stamford Plaza
    7:05am Travelodge Docklands
    7:05am Travel Inn Carlton
    7:15am Vibe Savoy
    7:15am Windsor Hotel
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    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 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: David A, January 2017

    The day was fabulous from start to finish. Roger our driver was knowledgeable and entertaining.

    Reviewed by: Jennifer L, January 2017

    hotel transfer went without any hitches, taken down to Flinders Square to pick up our Tour , hats off to the co-ordinators shuffling many tourists with limited English onto the buses, you did your job with a smile and it showed you knew what you were doing. Once on the bus heading for Ballarat the bus driver was knowledgeable and the bus clean, and very comfortable. Ballarat tour around the town site was informative though personally I would have preferred to have ambled around this unique township for an hour or so. I declined the visit to the wildlife park and was delighted at Sovereign Hill and what it offers. Wandering around seeing all the different shops, of course you have to buy some boiled sweets, and taste the scones jam and cream. we watched the gold pouring and came home with our little bottle of gold shavings from panning for gold. would recommend this tour to anyone of all ages. a great day out thankyou

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