• Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 122.35 View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Experience life in 19th century Australia on this full-day tour of the Sovereign Hill open-air museum, including hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Melbourne. Get a feel for life in a gold-rush town as you peek into crafts workshops, watch blacksmith demonstrations, ride a stagecoach or try your hand panning for gold. That’s not all:  head underground for a tour of the Red Hill Mine, learn about the great Australian gold rush at the Gold Museum, or upgrade to include lunch or entrance to the Ballarat Wildlife Park.


  • Ideal choice for families
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town Day Trip From Melbourne

Kangaroos - Ballarat Wildlife Park

Customer Reviews

Mara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Had a great day at Sovereign Hill.

Clifford H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Enjoyed this day immensely, well worth a visit. Our driver was very informative.

Denise G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Amazing day out. You need several hours to look at this place I consider it to be an all dayer. The costumes from this era are beautiful and the storekeepers etc are all dressed up. The interactions with the public is amazing as are the little shows they put on through out the day. Can't pick out a best one to me they were all excellent.
Certainly worth a visit

Karl H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very good trip with Gray Line Australia, driver really added to the whole experience, a must add on is a visit to the Ballarat Wildlife Park, you will enjoy those Kangaroos......Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town was super, bit hot and dusty when we were there a week ago, very interesting, perhaps best to visit when the schools are not off on holiday. One bit of advice, if you are hungry, try the pie shop, fantastic, but my pie has yet to cool down, very very hot to handle and eat.....Ballarat is a very interesting town full of wonderful old Victorian buildings. A very good insight into times past and how Melbourne and Victoria gained it's wealth.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour for kids and family alike - wonderfully organised by Grayline. Our guide Russell was very informative and fun to travel with.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Really enjoyed it. Fab day well worth a visit

Melissa Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was quite a fun trip. The tour was organised by Gray Line. The trip started with the pick up at the hotel, I thought the pick up timing was a little too early, but appreciate that if there were a lot of pick ups, they would need that kind of time. The hotel pick up was very on time and was great. Our bus driver and guide was Don and he was really good at explaining the sights around us all the way to Sovereign Hill. Up on Sovereign Hill, it was rather fun. There were quite some activities to do and I think kids would have loved it and learned from it. It was truly a living museum. I especially enjoyed the characters that walked around the town and made little skits. In the shops the shopkeepers were very fun to interact with. The gold panning, we gave up quite quickly but there were some kids there that we saw managed to get some bits of gold that they were very proud to bring home. Overall, it was a very fun trip. reposted on tripadvisor


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Driver very nice. Got picked up near hotel and dropped back again. Just the right amount of time at destination

Greta P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very interesting place to visit.

Heather R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent trip. Knowledgeable guide/driver. Kindly dropped us off at our appropriate hotels at the end of the day as an extra nice touch.

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message