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The single biggest attraction here is the fabulous re-created gold-mining village at Sovereign Hill, but there’s plenty more in this busy provincial city to keep you occupied, including art galleries and microbreweries. Rug up if you visit in winter – Ballarat's renowned for being chilly.

The Wathaurung people are the traditional custodians of this land.


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$126.59 Cultural & Theme Tours

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.

$97.65 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.

$120.08 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 daysChoose 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.

$93.32 Cultural & Theme Tours

Grampians Park Tour from Melbourne with MacKenzie Falls

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Grampians National Park, VictoriaIn one day we take you from Melbourne to experience the highlights of this breathtaking National Park.You will feel as though you have stepped back in time as you marvel at the Ancient Landscape with rugged mountain ranges and spectacular sandstone ridges. With an experienced guide leading you through this incredible scenery, you will come away from tour with a new understanding of the countryside and history of the region.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Brambuk The National Park & Cultural Centre, Halls Gap, Grampians, VictoriaOnce we have arrived in the picturesque National Park, we head to Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where you can explore and see first hand the creation stories that make up the lore of this diverse landscape. Venture around the cultural centre to spot wallabies, emus and maybe even echidnas in the bush. Come away with a deeper understanding of the significance of Gariwerd for the Indigenous people.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Halls Gap General Store, Halls Gap, Grampians, VictoriaBefore heading ‘up the mountain’ we relax in the picturesque town of Halls Gap, right in the heart of the Grampians National Park to have lunch, all included in the tour price and diet requirements such as Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten free can be catered for with advance notice.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Boroka Lookout, Halls Gap, Grampians, VictoriaA picture stop at the marvellous Boroka lookout perfectly depicts the incredible scenery. Depending on the weather and visibility we may alternatively head to Lake Bellfield to walk out along the damn and feel dwarfed in-between the two mountain ranges.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: MacKenzie Falls, VictoriaProbably the most famous waterfall in Victoria, we hike down to the base and back to marvel at the sheer amount of water and to feel the fresh spray in the air. The hike is about 250 steps to the base and back and if you prefer an easier flat walk out over the top of the falls this is absolutely fine!If ever Mackenzie Falls were closed to the public this stop would be substituted for a peaceful hike to Silverband Falls.Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Balconies, Grampians, VictoriaWe then enjoy a hike along the shady path through the gumtrees and fascinating rock formations out to The Balconies, here you will see the famous ‘Jaws of Death’ with majestic views and scenery, featured in the Japanese Animation ‘Princess Mononoke’.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Reed Lookout, Halls Gap, Grampians, VictoriaReeds Lookout affords sweeping views down to Lake Wartook and out over the Victoria Valley and the Mount Difficult Range.Duration: 30 minutes

$25.32 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Kryal Castle Adventure Park Admission Ticket

Visit: Kryal Castle, Ballarat, VictoriaWhen 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.

$36.89 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Sovereign Hill General Entry Ticket

Visit: Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, VictoriaAustralia’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.