Explore a gold rush town on a Full Day Shore Excursion with a Private Guide
Travel to Sovereign Hill, 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.
Spend the day wandering its historic streets, watch a spectacular $100, 000 gold pour, venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town.
Or go shopping 1850s-style and visit hotels, schools and a theatre with goldfields entertainers. See steam-driven machinery in action and chat with wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners as they ply their trades.
Return to Melbourne dreaming of what it would have been like to live in that heady gold rush period.
Or ask about extending your tour to view 'Blood on the Southern Cross', an explosive multi-million dollar sound-and-light show like nothing you've ever seen before!
Note - this is also an ideal day tour for cruise ship passengers berthing at Geelong
Travel over the West Gate Bridge and through Melbourne's western suburbs before a pleasant 90 minute drive through rural Victoria to Sovereign Hill.
Wander Sovereign Hill enjoying theatres, mine tours, historic shops and mine workings.
Return to Melbourne after a quick sightseeing tour of beautiful Ballarat (optional).
Or ask about extending your tour to include dinner and the spectacular "Blood on the Southern Cross" sound and light experience, before a late night return to Melbourne.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: For Melbourne cruise ship passengers, this tour starts from the end of the pier at the Cruise Ship Terminal at Port Melbourne, just outside the security gate.
Similarly for passengers arriving at Geelong
For other travellers, I can meet you at your city hotel or another other central location.
End location: I will return you to the Cruise Ship Terminal or another city location if requested.
Duration: 8 hours
I will ensure you return to the Cruise Ship Terminal 45 minutes prior to departure. The trip may need to be shortened to suit ship arrival and departure times.
This tour may be varied or cancelled at short notice for operational reasons or adverse weather.
You will travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. At Sovereign Hill you take take a leisurely walk on marked paths to view the historic mining village.
Transport for the day.
Entry to Sovereign Hill.
Ponchos if raining.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 AUD - Lunch of own choice at Sovereign Hill
Lunch of own choice at Sovereign Hill at one of the many period themed cafes and restaurants.
Mining tours or other attractions at Sovereign Hill.
Dinner and "Blood on the Southern Cross" light and sound experience can be included in a custom tour.