Sovereign Hill Tour with Wildlife
Gold - 1850 - the world focused on Ballarat as the cry ‘gold’ echoed around the globe. People from all nations poured into Ballarat to seek a fortune; many found the real Australia and decided to make this great land their home. Today, you too can capture the excitement of these bawdy times as you visit the scene of revolt, rebellion and the emergence of democracy at Eureka and Sovereign Hill - Ballarat.
Ballarat wildlife park is a high standard, well-planned fauna reserve affording excellent opportunities to ‘mix’ with native Australian animals. Nestled in a native bushland habitat, get up close to many of the Australian animals such as kangaroos, koalas and emus. If you are yet to have an Australian wildlife encounter, you will definitely be impressed with Ballarat Wildlife Park. Join a guided tour and meet our friendly kangaroos, shy koalas and Tasmanian devils. Continue to Sovereign Hill, an authentic re-creation of the 1850's gold mining town of Ballarat. Take in the atmosphere of Main Street, try gold panning, take the Red Hill Mine tour, explore the Chinese Village and visit the Gold Museum.
Journey west from Melbourne on the Western Highway, a stagecoach route of the 1850's
Pass Bacchus Marsh, once a resting place for the Cobb & Co stagecoach
Tour through Ballarat, taking in its period buildings and statues and learn some of its history
Eureka Stockade - site of the 1854 miner's rebellion
Ballarat Wildlife Park, owned by the Parker family, is home to a host of native Australian animals including Patrick, Australia's most famous wombat
Take time for morning tea (own expense) before joining a guided tour of the Wildlife Park
Feed free range Kangaroos; Experience an Emu encounter
Meet our cute cuddly Koalas; See Tasmanian Devils feeding; See goannas and giant lizards
At Sovereign Hill experience the authentic recreation of an 1850's gold mining town
Have a go at gold panning in Red Gully Creek
Head underground and enjoy the Red Hill Mine tour
See a wide range of early mining equipment and working displays of steam engines
Explore the main street and its many original shops
See working blacksmiths and traditional craftsmen
Visit the Chinese Village showcasing Chinese involvement in the goldfields
See the giant Crushing Battery
Treat yourself to lunch at the United States Hotel (own expense)
Learn more about Gold discovery in Ballarat at the Gold Museum
Note: Sturdy walking shoes are recommended due to uneven and sometimes slippery terrain.
Photographs are not permitted in the Underground Mine or at any performances at the Victoria Theatre.