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Ballarat, Wildlife Park and Sovereign Hill Tour from Melbourne

Travel to Ballarat and visit Sovereign Hill, a perfectly re-created 1850s goldmining settlement. Explore the shops and wander the main street to visit goldsmiths and craftsmen at work. Journey through the town and see the Victorian architecture of a prosperous era. Cross the original route of the early horse drawn stage coaches. Try your luck panning for gold, visit the museum or ride a stage coach (own expense). Tour an underground gold mine or catch a ride in a traditional horse drawn carriage (own expense). Discover the turbulent story behind one of Australia's most notorious incidents at the Eureka Stockade Centre in Ballarat. View Ballarats historic sites and beautiful Victorian architecture, a thriving monument to the towns golden era of prosperity. Visit the Gold Museum. Enjoy browsing the unique period style stores along with real life characters and story re-enactments. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Discover the unique creatures of the Australian bush. Share the Parkers families passion, the family has been involved in caring for Australian wildlife for over four decades. Get as close as you dare to a crocodile at a feeding session, see Tasmanian devils, wallabies, giant turtles, emus and poisonous snakes. Also touch a cuddly koala, encounter kangaroos and meet Patrick, the wombat.

$99.45 Day Trips & Excursions

Grampians National Park Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

Departing Melbourne at around 8am, you'll pass through Western Plains of Victoria on the way to historic Ballarat. Ballarat boomed in the 1850’s with the widespread discovery of gold in the district. Learn a little about the history and enjoy morning tea at the site of the infamous Eureka Rebellion. Continue the drive through the picturesque western volcanic plains, passing through the town of Moyston, the birthplace of Australian Rules Football.Arrive at the foot of the Grampians Range known as Gariwerd in the local Jardwadjali language and immerse yourself in the Australian bush with a gentle stroll to the delightful Silverband Falls.Continue to the township of Halls Gap for lunch. Keep an eye open for the local kangaroos and the abundant birdlife that can be seen in the main street. After lunch, head to the Wonderland Turntable for a short hike to the Grand Canyon. Marvel at the high rising rock walls, crisscrossed with layering and fault lines, showcasing the area’s unique geology. Stunning panoramas await at Reeds Lookout that overlooks the towering Stringybark Forest and Victoria ValleyThe next stop is MacKenzie Falls. No trip to the Grampians would be complete without a visit to these majestic falls. Marvel as water cascades down over the rocks, set in a gorge surrounded by eucalyptus forest. Walk the Bluff trail along the top of the cliffs to the panoramic view point of the falls or journey down the stairs to the base of the steep gorge and gaze up at this truly impressive waterfall.The next port of call is the Boroka Lookout. Boroka provides panoramic views of the surrounding region overlooking the town of Halls Gap and further afield to Lake Bellfield and beyond. You'll then make your way back into Halls Gap for a final opportunity to spot some of the area’s wild kangaroo population before beginning the return trip to Melbourne.A dinner stop is made on the return journey to Melbourne. After dinner enjoy the use of the complimentary onboard Wi-Fi, before enjoying a stunning view of the illuminated city as you make your way back into Melbourne. With drop-off at your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian vacation.

$119.34 Day Trips & Excursions

Ballarat, Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town Tour from Melbourne

A fun day out to Sovereign Hill for people of all ages! Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour around Ballarat, learn about the history of the area and marvel at it's beautiful old architecture. Travel to the site of the Eureka Stockade where the 1854 Miner's Rebellion was held.Arrive at Sovereign Hill, a recreation of a typical gold mining town from the 1850s and enjoy hours of free time to experience and explore this interactive place. There are many activities for those of all ages: Gold panning at Red Gully Creek See blacksmiths and traditional craftsmen at work. Perhaps create your own candle You must try some of their famous homemade boiled lollies! Try award winning pies and sausage rolls at the New York Bakery Buy souvenirs and homewares at the General Store Visit the Chinese Village Watch the Giant Crushing Battery Ride on a stagecoach Watch and pose for a photo with the locals dressed in clothing from the era. Even see kids at school just like in those days Choose between a tour only or upgrade to include a delicious lunch and drink at the New York Bakery. If you are interested in visiting the Ballarat Wildlife Park, choose this option including a guided tour and entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park. Ballarat Wildlife Park is a great place to get up and close to Australian animals such as koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and the very cute Patrick the Wombat.

$95.03 Day Trips & Excursions

Grampians Park Tour from Melbourne with MacKenzie Falls

After an early morning pickup from your centrally located Melbourne or St Kilda hotel, travel over the Westgate Bridge as you head past the old major mining town of Ballarat to western Victoria stopping in the country town of Beaufort for morning tea. From here pass through the town of Arrarat before getting the first glimpse of the Grampians as they come into view from what appears to be nowhere. The first stop inside the Grampians National Park is Brambuk Cultural and Information Centre where you’ll learn about the six seasons of the Grampians and the connection the local indigenous have had with the land for thousands of years. Continue to the only town inside the park Halls Gap for picnic style lunch (included). Following lunch head into the mountains to Boroka Lookout that overlooks the Western Plains of Victoria and the Mt William, Wonderland and Serra Ranges. It is then time to stretch your legs with an easy bush walk to the geological icon of the Grampians; The Jaws of Death/Balconies where you are rewarded with great views over Victoria Valley. After the walk, reboard the bus and begin to descend the Mt Difficult Range to Mackenzie Falls. A step series of stairs will take you to the bottom of the falls to take in the natural beauty of the falls and surrounding bush land. As you make your way back to Melbourne your guide will make sure you get some time to view large mobs of kangaroos that call the Grampians home.

$25.78 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Kryal Castle Adventure Park Admission Ticket

Visit: Kryal CastleWhen you arrive at Kryal Castle, "a land of medieval adventure," head inside with your pre-booked admission for an immersion into a fantasy world of wizards, dragons, and knights. Activities include jousting, arena and theater shows, torture and dungeon attractions, archery and swords, the Wizards Workshop, and the Ale House, where you can enjoy a drink (own expense).  Performances and activities are designed for the whole family, young and old.

$29.47 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Sovereign Hill General Entry Ticket

Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune. By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! It’s just like stepping back in time - from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep! At Sovereign Hill, you can see a spectacular $160,000 gold pour, venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town. Go shopping 1850s-style and visit hotels, schools and a theater with goldfields entertainers. See steam-driven machinery in action and chat with our wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners as they ply their trades. On our streets and in our theatre, you will be entertained by costumed goldfields characters who are happy to pose for a great photo.