Sovereign Hill and Ballarat
Duration: 8 1/2 hours
Tour Code: meb-001
Step back in time to the heady days of Australia's gold mining era on this comprehensive full-day program to Sovereign Hill, and a stop at
Ballarat Wildlife Park to see the local wildlife roam free.
Depart the pier for the 90-minute drive to the Gold Rush town of Sovereign Hill, where you will relive the joys, hardships, and daily life of miners and their families. The shops, miners' huts, cottages, hotels and public buildings have all been carefully preserved, and bring renewed life to the atmosphere of a bygone era. Upon arrival, you will view displays documenting daily life in the 1850s, or visit craft and jewelry shops offering goods reminiscent of those available during the Gold Rush.
During the early afternoon, you will proceed for lunch at a popular local restaurant. After lunch, you will visit the historic town of Ballarat. While passing through its charming center, your driver will reveal its main highlights, including the impressive gardens.
Next, your tour will continue with a visit to the 37-acre Ballarat Wildlife Park, where you can observe free-roaming kangaroos, emus, Tasmanian devils, koalas and numerous other Australian fauna.
Following your visit to Ballarat, you will re-board your coach for the 90-minute return drive to Melbourne, returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves up to 200 yards of walking at the discretion of each guest. Guests will encounter uneven, unpaved, bumpy areas, and may need to negotiate slight inclines. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair.