Full-Day Gold Rush Tour: Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Museum

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Visit one of Victoria’s biggest cities on this full-day tour to Ballarat and the Sovereign Hill Museum. Explore the living museum that recreates the 1850s, showcasing the working and living conditions in Australia during the Gold Rush era.


  • Experience life in the 1850s in the Sovereign Hill living museum
  • Drive through Ballarat, Victoria's biggest inland city
  • Browse in the old-style shops and look at wares from traditional craftsmen
  • Learn about the impact Australia's Gold Rush had on the country


In the 1850s, people came from around the globe to search for gold in Victoria. This tour takes you through some of the former gold mining areas in Central Victoria, and on to Ballarat, Victoria’s largest city. In Ballarat, explore Sovereign Hill, the living museum that recreates Ballarat’s Gold Rush days. Sovereign Hill gives you a thorough 1850s experience complete with working machinery from 150 years ago, old-style shops, and traditional craftsmen. In Sovereign Hill, take a stroll to learn about the living and working conditions of miners, and how the Gold Rush shaped Australia and its people. You can try your hand at panning for gold, and enjoy an underground mine tour that features period machinery and traditional craftsmen. You even have the option of taking horse and carriage ride around the museum.


Admission to Sovereign Hill
Admission to Gold Museum
Horse and carriage ride around Sovereign Hill

Important Information

  • If you arrive for this tour on your own, you will meet the tour group at the Melbourne Day Tour Centre (Federation Square, at the corner of Russell and Flinders Streets).

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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