Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town Day Trip From Melbourne - Reviews

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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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Overall a good educational tour not boring at all .

Glenys G C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

I have fond memories of visiting Sovereign Hill many many years ago. This tour did not disappoint. Deb, our bus driver/tour guide, gave an interesting commentary on the way to Ballarat. Loved the scones and jam at the New York Bakery the draught horses and the ride on the coach watching the Redcoats do their march and gun firing. It was fascinating watching the Gold Pouring, and seeing the blacksmiths shoeing one of the draught horses and making a poker. A very enjoyable day tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Great recreation of a mining town. Lunch in the restaurant was good as was the tour of the mining disasters.

Motia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Good Experience


4 star rating: Recommended
January 2018

great experience

Robyn M

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable day from our tour driver to the Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town. To experience what our forefathers had to endure to possibly/hopefully find their fortune in the rough and extremely violate environment of the time was enlightening. With the staff dressed in period costume and with conversations spoken to you by them in that era was great. Our nephew was quite taken with being able to pan for gold and was lucky enough to find a few flaks to his delight.


4 star rating: Recommended
December 2015

Very expensive, but we had a wonderful time.


3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2017

The tour was fantastic and sovereign hill is well worth the trip. However to call it Ballarat and sovereign hill is a bit misleading. While you briefly drive through the town of Ballarat you get no free time in the town. Sovereign hill was great though the schedule for the tour was very short. You only get five hours at the site which limited time to see all of the site. Though the site closed at 5:30pm, we were told that the bus would be leaving at 3:45pm so that we would arrive back in Melbourne by 5pm instead of waiting to close and arriving back in Melbourne a little later.


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
December 2017

Never happened because you have me wrong pick up place
Although when I went to bus operators they changed date to 30th the driver tour guide was very good he told me about the wrong pick up place because a coach could not go near hotel entrance so I suggest you check all pick up choices

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