1. Australia
  2. Victoria, Australia
  3. Melbourne
  4. Melbourne Museum

Day-Trip: Sovereign Hill & Ballarat Wildlife Park

Product ID: 70184
Mingle with Australian animals at Ballarat Wildlife Park, see Kangaroos, Emus, Koalas, the Tasmanian Devil and many more! Then step back in time and experience life in the gold rush days at Sovereign Hill
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
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Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Chinese, Japanese
Wheelchair accessible
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  • Visit Ballarat Wildlife Park for a guided tour through natural bush habitats
  • Feed kangaroos, meet koalas, emus and see Tasmanian Devils being fed
  • Step back in time at Sovereign Hill - a recreation of an 1850's gold mining town
  • Try panning for real gold or take an underground gold mine tour
  • Watch the locals live life like in the gold rush days
Full description
Ballarat is a city steeped in history and was built from the rough hands of the gold miners during the Victorian Gold Rush of the 1800's. Travel to Ballarat from Melbourne to pay a full-day visit to Sovereign Hill, a perfectly re-created 1850s gold mining settlement.

Travel first to the exciting Ballarat Wildlife Park, one of the best wildlife parks to experience close up Australian animals in their natural surroundings. There is also the chance to meet with famous Patrick the Wombat, the world's oldest wombat. There is plenty of opportunities to see animals being fed or try feeding them yourself!
Tour 382V also includes a once in a lifetime VIP encounter with one of the animals, get your photo with one of the animals and get to go instead their enclosure for feeding.

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. Tour an underground gold mine or catch a ride in a traditional horse drawn carriage.

Discover the turbulent story behind one of Australia's most notorious incidents at the Eureka Stockade Center in Ballarat. View Ballarat's historic sites and beautiful Victorian architecture, a thriving monument to the towns golden era of prosperity. Enjoy browsing the unique period style stores along with real life characters and story re-enactments.

Across the road from Sovereign Hill is the Gold Museum, where you can view its extensive collection of gold nuggets, ornaments and coins.

This golden tour provides a fascinating insight into life in the 1850's and what impact the Australian gold rush had on its people.
  • Entry and guided tour of Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Entry to Sovereign Hill, Gold Museum, and the Red Hill Mine Tour
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in a premium touring coach
  • Professional and friendly driver guide
What’s Not Included
  • Meals

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Federation Square East, corner Flinders and Russell Streets, Melbourne

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
Please wear comfortable walking shoes as the ground is uneven and can be muddy in wet weather
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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We got back well 30 minutes earlier than planned and we didn't have time to visit the gold museum, but finally if ... shame because without this bad time management it was great!

November 23, 2019

November 20, 2019


Our driver Deborah was very informative. An excellent trip.

April 26, 2019

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Gray Line Australia

Product ID: 70184