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

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Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Day Tour with Optional Wildlife Park from Melbourne
from USD $133.95
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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In Brief

Melbourne, Australia
9 hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Instant Confirmation
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
All entrance fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia

Today you’ll step back in time to the era of the Victorian gold rush. 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. 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.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Ballarat Wildlife Park, 250 Fussell St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia

OPTIONAL: 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!

Duration: 1 hour


  • Experienced local driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB and air conditioning
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Entry to Sovereign Hill, an open air museum set in the 1850s!
  • Entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Sovereign Hill


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Ballarat Wildlife Park

Departure Time

8:20 AM

Departure Point

Tour departs from selected Melbourne hotels


Federation Square

Returns To

Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

My husband and two BIL's did this tour, all came back with a lot of knowledge and said it was amazing and all very happy. A bit overpriced as it didn't include lunch or even water.
• Submitted 14 Apr 2017
The day was fabulous from start to finish. Roger our driver was knowledgeable and entertaining.
• Submitted 27 Jan 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
• Submitted 02 Jan 2017
really awesome tour, had an amazing time
• Submitted 27 Dec 2016
A great day and loved the authentic features from trading, to light industry, to re-enactments, to real tools and brick a brace to the horse and coach ride to the red coats and their loud guns. A well honed real life experience of the past.
• Submitted 19 Oct 2016
We had a lovely day out enjoyed Sovereign Hill even managed to find gold
• Submitted 05 May 2016
This unusual tour for Americans was quite good. My husband's great-great grandfather was a miner at Sovereign Hill where a major gold vein was found. He wanted to visit this recreated mining town. The residents wear period costumes from the 19th century and many ply the trades appropriate to the times such as gold smeltering, tinsmithing, bakers, dry goods, etc. There is also a candy making shop which specializes in lollies--a hard and variously flavored type of candy which is beloved by Australians. Since many of the miners were from Cornwall, England delicious pasties can be had for lunch from the bakery. Our driver/guide, Don, was knowledgeable about the area as we drove to and toured the city of Ballarat. Sovereign Hill is part of Ballarat. It is a pleasant town with some interesting Victorian arcitechture. At Sovereign Hill he left us to explore the area on our own until departure time. It was clear that Don enjoyed introducing tourists to this wonderful area. I should also add that Ballarat is a plot point in A. Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story The Bascombe Valley Mystery in case someone is a Sherlockian--another reason for our visit. We did not visit the wildlife park. Those who did were dropped off at the park and the rest of us went on to Ballarat. The park visitors were later picked up at the park and driven to Sovereign Hill for their visit. There is a theatre which at times has an impromptu performance on Main Street. British red coats also march down the street complete with a small drum corp. Muskets are fired off at the town square and horse drawn cart tours are also available. Demonstrations of gold smeltering are given throughout the day. There is also a gold mining encampment that can be seen. Tours of a real gold mine are also offered. My husband who took the tour thoroughly enjoyed it and said that it was also very informative.
• Submitted 15 Mar 2016
Very fun and unique experience in a mining town. Unfortunately I only have 4 hours to stay. I would like to stay longer if I got a chance to come again!
• Submitted 29 Dec 2015
Ballarat is a beautiful city! Had a great time in Sovereign Hill and experiencing the 1850s. Thank you to the Driver Guide and AAT King for a fantastic time!
• Submitted 21 Apr 2015
Great trip will do it again
• Submitted 08 Jun 2015
We found our coach driver Con very impressive .The day was great.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2015
The trip was great, bus driver hilarious, gave good info. Sovereign Hill worth the visit, very well re enacted, would have liked to see more period related crafts for women but that's just me
• Submitted 03 Apr 2015
Excellent tour. Thoroughly recommended.
• Submitted 08 Jan 2015
Its A-Must-Visit place. The tour company team members are friendly. Very informative and knowledgeable coach driver. Price is reasonable from Viator as we travelled using coach bus with bathroom.
• Submitted 11 Dec 2014
The trip was very enjoyable. The coach was comfortable and the driver was friendly and interacted with the group. We had a couple of stops along the way and a tour around Ballarat which was very interesting. Sovereign Hill was great, a wonderful look back in time, we had a ball and would recommend the tour to everyone.
• Submitted 12 Dec 2014
interesting place to visit, the gold mine tour was amazing, love it so much... food and shopping choices were sufficient... some great role plays too, entertainers walking around the village entertaining visitors... too bad I couldn't find any gold though... cheers...
• Submitted 02 Dec 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The coach was very comfortable and Mike our coach driver was very nice and gave the most informative commentary on the various sites along the way not to mention the wonderful tour through Ballarat and the history he told of the place, and hints on how to make the most of our day. We did not take the option of the Wildlife Park and we are glad we did that as although we believe the park was excellent we found we needed every bit of time we could get at Sovereign Hill to look at everything that was on offer there. We panned for gold and found some! We went down into the underground gold mine and loved every minute of that experience, although if you don't like confined spaces then don't go down as one lady had to be taken back up again. There was plenty of room to move around down there. We saw the wheelwright doing his work and the blacksmith working on some tools and we bought an old horse shoe from him for $5 to take home as a souvenir, we got to buy the best ever sausage rolls at the Bakery store..yummo were they good and they had cakes and pastries to chose from as well, there was a restaurant there and coffee shop for anyone wanting to eat, we did the horse drawn wagon ride around the town and loved that too, there was a display by one of the 'policemen' of an old 2ring shotgun and later the 'soldier boys' marched through the street and gave a display of shooting the 3ring shotguns. The whole day was wonderful and one we will treasure always. We would highly recommend booking through Viator as we found it easy and we could ring to answer some questions we had the staff on the phone were so curtious and helpful. One of the highlights of our Melbourne trip and we are telling everyone about it. Loved it.
• Submitted 30 Sep 2014
We had a fantastic day. From the moment we were picked up, till the we were dropped of. The driver was fantastic. Kept us informed. Gave us plenty of time and info on the tour. I would highly recommend this tour to all, locals, Australians and definitely the overseas tourist. And the bus was sooo comfortable quiet and smooth. Highly recommended
• Submitted 19 Sep 2014
We had a lovely day out on this trip. The coach driver was fantastic a really nice guy. The time we had at Sovereign Hill was just right, it was a memorable experience. The Gold Museum which was included was excellent. The real surprise was the wildlife park it was amazing and we enjoyed it as much as we did the big wildlife parks in Australia.
• Submitted 11 Aug 2014
It was a nice trip - highly recommend including the Ballarat Wildlife Park as part of the tour.
• Submitted 28 May 2014
great day tour didn,t find any gold though
• Submitted 07 Apr 2014
The coach driver was knowledgeable and friendly, the drive through Ballarat was interesting and enough to whet our appetites for a return visit. Sovereign Hill lived up to our expectations. It is an outstanding tourist attraction and kept us happily occupied all day. It was nice to arrive so early before the crowds arrived, and it was also a nice touch that the coach driver made us aware of his location during the day if there was any assistance needed.
• Submitted 21 Jan 2014
Wonderful place to visit! Will certainly recommend it to friends.
• Submitted 02 Jan 2014
Fantastic day. Highly recommend any one to go on this
• Submitted 20 Nov 2013

In Brief

Melbourne, Australia
9 hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Instant Confirmation
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
All entrance fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide

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