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Melbourne to Ballarat: Gold Trail and Sovereign Hill Tour

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Head back in time to Australia's gold rush and visit the old mining town of Ballarat from Melbourne. Experience history at Sovereign Hill Open-Air Museum, ride a stagecoach, see the mines, and even pan for gold on a trip that takes you back to the 1850s.


  • See the Eureka Stockade at the site of the 1850s Miner Rebellion while traveling along the Western Highway from Melbourne
  • Tour the town of Ballarat to see its pretty gardens and statues, and learn about its history in gold rush Australia
  • Visit the open-air museum at Sovereign Hill and explore the Gold Museum and the Chinese Village
  • Sample boiled sweets from the bakery before heading into the local shops on Main Street
  • Learn about the mines and gold fields on a tramway tour of the mines, and see workers in original conditions
  • Watch craftspeople and blacksmiths at work before seeing the Giant Crushing Battery
  • Ride on a stagecoach and pan for gold for the ultimate experience of the gold rush in Victoria, Australia


Capture the excitement of the past as you visit Ballarat Sovereign Hill Open-Air Museum on the Gold Trail, a time when revolt and rebellion was the order of the day. Meet your tour guide at central Melbourne meeting points or opt for hotel pick-up. Travel the Western Highway, the stagecoach route of the 1850s, from Melbourne through Bacchus Marsh to Ballarat. Tour this pretty town with its exquisite gardens and then head onwards to Sovereign Hill for a day of adventure discovering into Australia's history. Sovereign Hill is a recreation of an 1850s mining town full of shops, attractions, activities, factories, and schools. With costumed characters, live horses, and real underground mines, there is plenty to explore after your underground tramway tour of the mines. Watch blacksmith and traditional craftspeople at work, try homemade sweets and old-fashioned treats, or visit one of the many shops on Main Street to see what wares were available in 1850s. Treat yourself to lunch at the United States Hotel or the New York Bakery before heading to the Gold Museum and the Chinese Village to explore the miners' experiences in the gold fields. Before you say goodbye to the colorful, fun, and fast world of the 1850s, take a ride in a stagecoach and watch the Giant Crushing Battery.


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