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The past is very much present in towns like Ballarat, whose early wealth and proud history was due to the mighty gold discovery of the mid-1850s. The glorious legacy that gold bestowed on this colonial town is still evident in the restored buildings and atmosphere of proud Ballarat. Sovereign Hill in Ballarat is a perfectly re-created example of gold rush life during Victoria's Golden era. Explore the daily ritual of this gold town and stroll the main street to visit with goldsmiths, crafts people, traders, soldiers and the like. Find your own fortune whilst panning for gold in the stream, go "underground" to the fascinating gold mine and museum or ride the stage-coach through the village. Exhibits and displays unfold before you as you stroll through this bustling pioneer township. Have a chat to the gentle town folk and be captivated by the friendly outlook on their 1850s daily life.

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. Today, Ballarat is a major regional centre and the commercial capital of the Central Highlands with a population of almost 100,000.

When you arrive at Sovereign Hill you’ll be placed back in time to the great gold rush era of the 1850s. It’s just like stepping into a working town of the time, with period-style homes, shops and retailers, blacksmiths, hotels and costumed characters that bring the exhibition to life. You can wander through the town to get a feel for the lifestyle as it was then.

The first thing that you’ll experience at Sovereign Hill is the amazing story of the Eureka Stockade, an event that was fuelled by government taxes that were being imposed on miners at the time. The first armed rebellion of its kind in Australia, it led to the deaths of twenty-two diggers and five troopers, and changed Australia’s history forever with the birth of democracy.

Go down into the depths of a real underground gold mine and discover the dark and dangerous world of deep lead mining. Here you’ll also witness the discovery of the famous ‘Welcome Nugget’.

One of the many fun things you can do at Sovereign Hill is pan for gold. There are diggers on hand to show you the tricks used to strike it rich, and then you can have a go and try your own luck.

You’ll be entertained by the many performances each day illustrating the exciting and colourful life on the gold fields. With wonderful costumes of the day and many stories to share, the characters will sweep you up in the fun of it all.

You can also visit a number of operational workshops and witness demonstrations of blacksmithing, wheel wrighting, gold pouring, candle making and many more.

*Please note, some activities are at your own expense.

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    Entrance to Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum.

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Please note that some activities are at your own expense within the Sovereign Hill facility.

    You can choose to add-on an optional extra to include the Ballarat Wildlife Park in your tour. Select the optional extra when processing your booking.

  • Duration:

    Full day. (approx 9hrs)

  • Departure:

    8:20 AM Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

  • Return:

    5.30pm

  • Departure points:

    Melbourne

  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    Tour Departs from Federation Square at 8.20am. Selected CBD hotel pick ups are available prior to departure.

    Please visit this link for tentative pick up information.

    Please note that reconfirmation is still required prior to departure as per your travel documentation. The coach will not attend a location unless a pick-up is prearranged. Please note the times listed are approximate and ALL bookings MUST be reconfirmed with operator the day before departure.

  • What to bring:

  • Fitness level required:

    Not specified

  • Child policies:

    Children under 24 months (2yrs) of age are classified as infants and travel free of charge.
    Children under the age of 7 years are to be restrained in a baby pod or child seat (this is mandatory by law from 01 February 2013).
    Child prices apply to children between the ages of 2 and 15 years inclusive.

  • Additional Information:

    Pensioner Fares apply to Australian and New Zealand Pension Card holders, Australian Senior Card holders and full time Australian Students.

  • Destinations:

    Ballarat

Optional Extras

  • Sovereign Hill Gold Rush & Wildlife Park (K13W)

    Get up close to Australia’s wildlife at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Get as close as you dare to a crocodile at a feeding session and see Tasmanian devils, wallabies, giant turtles and emus.

    Adults: $24.00 | Children: $12.00 | Pensioners: $24.00

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