Does delving into history sound like your idea of fun? Step back in time to the Victorian era on this Ballarat gold rush era tour for a full day. Learn more about the Australian gold rush era at Sovereign Hill – the open-air museum, that...
Does delving into history sound like your idea of fun? Step back in time to the Victorian era on this Ballarat gold rush era tour for a full day. Learn more about the Australian gold rush era at Sovereign Hill – the open-air museum, that exhibits history in real-life terms!
Start out on a comfortable air-conditioned coach, sit back and relax while enjoying informative commentary from your driver/guide. You will definitely get a sneak peek into the Aussie gold rush era before you actually see it for real at Sovereign Hill.
Travel over the West Gate Bridge to reach the archaic town of Ballarat. Tree-lined streets and Victorian architecture will greet you here! See how magnificent homes stand tall side by side, telling tales of glorious gold field days of the past.
The town of Ballarat, essentially a regional centre and commercial capital of the Central Highlands, is home to over 100,000 people. It is also the third largest inland city in Australia. Course through this town to reach the unique open air museum, Sovereign Hill. You’ll feel like you have entered into the 1850s, what with the area being a live exhibit of period-style homes, shops, mines, hotels, blacksmiths and costumed characters. Get a very real understanding of an old-fashioned lifestyle that seems so out of place in today’s world!
Move on to hear the tale of Eureka Stockade, the first armed rebellion triggered by government taxes imposed on miners. Get to know the dark & dangerous world of mining at Red Hill Mine. Explore a real underground mine & learn about the discovery of the renowned ‘Welcome Nugget’. With ample assistance from the diggers, learn the skills of gold panning and try your luck finding some gold yourself!
Entertainment is also on the cards at the nearby Street Theatre. Enjoy performances talking of mining, gold fields & gold digging, complete with amusing costumes and characters. You can also try your hand at operational workshops and see how blacksmithing, wheelwrighting, gold pouring, candle making etc. are done, the conventional way, before getting back to Melbourne!
It’s the 1850s back again at this Sovereign Hill & Ballarat tour. Experience and appreciate the difference in comparison to the modern world!
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Opt for this upgrade and meet a unique selection of wildlife in their natural habitat at a wildlife park enroute to Sovereign Hill. The park is home to saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas etc. Visit numerous exhibits, join guided tours & interactive shows & spend some time feeding animals.
Operates: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Departure/Pickup Location: From Federation Square, Corner Flinders & Russell Streets
Boards: 08:05 | Departs: 08:20 | Returns: 17:30
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