Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Day Tour with Optional Wildlife Park from Melbourne. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
The heat was horrible, and you have to admire all the staff there for enduring that along with the dust.
I visited Sovereign Hill in 1977 and loved it. Thirty years later, I visited again with my 27-year-old son. I thought I might be disappointed because it could have become commercialised over the decades. But the town remains a perfect historic recreation, just bigger and better. There is so much to do and see that lack of time was the only problem we had. The staff are so friendly and helpful. The theatre performances, demonstrations, interactive experiences, tours, displays, and street theatre all made for a marvelously enjoyable and informative day. This is a must-do trip.
A wonderful experience. The weather was kind, but cold but there were plenty of fires around the complex. We had done the same tour some years ago and enjoyed it even more this time around, realising we had not seen all that was on display previously. Our coach driver was delightful and informative.
A good insight into the history of the gold rush days - worth the trip
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. I liked that Sovereign Hill hasn't got paved footpaths and is as it was in time. So much time and research has been done into the past of this area, and it shows. The shops with all the old fashioned goods, the people who work there get into character, it is truly an asset
Quite fun, but we don't have enough time to go though the whole sovereign hill.
There was plenty to do and see if you checked everything out. It is a remarkable site for history sake.
It was a great experience, Mark our tour bus driver was excellent.
Great tour to Sovereign Hill. Very informative bus driver and plenty of free time to wonder around and take in everything at Sovereign Hill
A very enjoyable day. The bus ride and commentary were great as was the driver. I would recommend this tour . A great day out.
Everything was fantastic specially the driver. She was lovely and gave us some commentary on places around. The only negative was the time. It was too short. We had to visit the wildlife park in rush and when we arrived to Sovereign Hill we had only 2 hours and half to explore around. We missed some parts and rushed back to the bus. I wished the tour could stay 2 hours longer in Sovereign Hill. Then everything could be covered.
We had a great time & found it very interesting ,took lots of great photos.
Maria Suzette C
If you want to experience Australia during the Gold Rush, go to this place. My daughter really enjoyed all the activities from gold panning where she was able to get gold flakes and brought it home, to candle making, to candy making and just learning from it all. Would love to have a stop-over at Ballarat town to take some photos, though. The place is a real throw back from year ago.
Tour guide was fantastic, he really knew his stuff! Sovereign Hill was soo memorable, but being a history buff wished that the Eureka stockade was part of this tour