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Sovereign Hill Gold Rush Town Tour from Melbourne

by AAT Kings
per adult Price is AU$175
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Duration: 9h 25m Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels

Highlights

  • Authentic recreation of a bustling 1850s gold rush town

  • Actors bring smiths, miners, soldiers & townspeople to life

  • Hands-on activities like wax candle making & carriage rides

  • Chance to pan for real gold & go into an actual mineshaft

  • Entertaining shows - demos on gold pouring & blacksmithing

Highlights

  • Authentic recreation of a bustling 1850s gold rush town

  • Actors bring smiths, miners, soldiers & townspeople to life

  • Hands-on activities like wax candle making & carriage rides

  • Chance to pan for real gold & go into an actual mineshaft

  • Entertaining shows - demos on gold pouring & blacksmithing

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8:20 AM, Souvereign Hill Gold Rush Tour in English

Duration 9h 25m

Live Commentary in English. Guided tour to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat.

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Total price is AU$175, taxes included

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8:20 AM, Souvereign Hill Gold Rush Tour with Wildlife Park in English

Duration 9h 25m

Live Commentary in English. Guided tour to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat plus admission to the Ballarat Wildlife Park, which is home to native Australian animals like saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos, wombats, koalas, echidnas and more.

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Total price is AU$200, taxes included

No booking or credit card fees

Sovereign Hill Gold Rush Town Tour from Melbourne

Activity Location

Sovereign Hill

Ballarat

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Melbourne City Center (Hotel Pickup)

    Melbourne

  • Federation Square

    Corner Flinders and Russell Street

    Melbourne


Description

Diggers pan in the creek, women in Victorian dress stroll down Main Street, and equipment clangs in an underground mine shaft – the spirit of the Gold Rush is alive and well at Sovereign Hill. Step back in time in historic Ballarat, soaking up the drama and excitement of the 1850s gold frenzy.

Actors in period costume and streets lined with authentic, 1850s buildings greet you as you arrive in the historic gold town of Sovereign Hill. Chat with shopkeepers, craftspeople and soldiers as you explore what life was truly like in this bustling pioneer township. A blacksmith pumps the bellows to fire his furnace, horse-drawn carriages clatter down the street, and 19th-century printing presses whir at the offices of the Ballarat Times.

Finally, get in on the gold-seeking action as you grab a pan and try your luck – the creek at Poverty Point is filled with real gold. Climb to the top of the Poppet Head platform to look out over the mines, descend down into the shaft, and watch as a steam-powered battery crushes quartz to extract gold.

Before you leave, head to the Confectionery Shop for a sugary boiled lolly – a traditional 1850s recipe made at a factory in town. It's the perfect antidote to the heady effects of gold rush fever.


Inclusions

  • Entry to Sovereign Hill, an open air museum set in the 1850s!

  • Super comfortable luxury vehicle featuring free wifi, in seat USB and air conditioning

  • Roundtrip transport to and from your central Melbourne hotel

  • Live tour commentary provided in English by your professional local guide

  • Opportunity to pan for real life gold


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 1 and younger are complimentary.

  • If you are aged 17 or younger you must be accompanied by a paying traveller over 18 years of age.

  • Some activities available at Sovereign Hill, like the guided mine shaft tours, incur additional fees.

  • Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.