Discover the history of the Victorian Gold Rush on this amazing day out from Melbourne. You’ll travel through the historic regional city of Ballarat, before stepping back in time to the goldfields of the 19th century at the Sovereign Hill open air museum.
Silbiya (via TripAdvisor)
‘I was really surprised by Sovereign Hill. It is indescribable. It’s impossible to summarise everything we did there. It is like living a day back in 1850. Everything is perfectly recreated or preserved and in operation. The children who are seen at school are school children who spend three days there living like they did back then. We also visited the Gold Museum, which was fantastic!’
‘I was really surprised by Sovereign Hill. It is indescribable. It’s impossible to summarise everything we did there. It is like living a day back in 1850. Everything is perfectly recreated or preserved and in operation. The children who are seen at school are school children who spend three days there living like they did back then. We also visited the Gold Museum, which was fantastic!’- Silbiya (via TripAdvisor)
The Victorian Gold Rush of the 1850s transformed Melbourne into an incredibly wealthy city and gave rise to many regional centres, including Ballarat — the scene of the famous Eureka Rebellion in 1854. Learn more about this fascinating chapter in Victoria’s history on this fabulous Sovereign Hill Tour from Melbourne. You’ll spend a day exploring the fascinating Sovereign Hill open air museum and heritage town recreation, which is located in Ballarat.
Once CBD hotel pick-ups are completed, you’ll travel out of town in air-conditioned comfort for the 90-minute trip to Ballarat. The route will take you through lush farmland and small country towns that dot the picturesque Victorian landscape. On arrival in the elegant Victorian city, you’ll enjoy a drive through town to admire the fine period architecture.
Next you’ll head to Sovereign Hill to experience life as it was during the gold rush era. Sovereign Hill is a living outdoor museum, with working exhibits brought to life by costumed characters. Explore the goldfields town at your leisure. You’ll see shops, hotels, a theatre, schools, factories and of course — gold diggings. You’ll even have the opportunity to pan for gold yourself at the Red Hill Gully Diggings. If you’re lucky enough to strike it rich, the gold is all yours!
One of the many highlights of the day is the Red Hill Mine Tour, which takes you underground to experience what life was like for those seeking to strike it lucky on the goldfields. The Gold Museum’s gold pour demonstration is also well worth seeing.
Lunch on this Sovereign Hill Tour from Melbourne is at your own cost and there are plenty of options. Try a delicious Cornish pastie at the traditional bakery on the main street or head for the modern bistro. There’s even a period tavern!
Street theatre and live action performances are a big part of this Sovereign Hill Tour from Melbourne. You’ll see the Redcoats march through town in the afternoon and demonstrate their musket fire power. It was their job to keep the rebellious and unruly miners in line!
You’ll depart Ballarat at around 4pm for the return drive to Melbourne, arriving back at your CBD hotel at approximately 5.30.