Gold rush history at Sovereign Hill plus a visit to Ballarat Wildlife Park

The jewel in the crown of the Goldfields region, a visit to Ballarat with its remarkable Victorian architecture and open-air museum Sovereign Hill, feels like stepping back in time over 150 years to the incredible upheaval of gold rush fever.

Established in 1838 on the shores of Lake Wendouree as a humble sheep station, Ballarat’s fortunes were transformed just over a decade later with the discovery of gold.  Your guide will introduce you to the gripping tales of triumph and tragedy that followed.  This rich history comes to life at Sovereign Hill, an outdoor museum that replicates 1850’s life, complete with costumed characters depicting gold diggers and blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and candlestick makers.

In keeping with the historic theme, lunch is an inspired feast of locally sourced produce paired with fine wine in the superb glass roofed gallery at Craig’s Royal Hotel, Australia’s legendary gold rush-era hotel

After lunch admire the magnificent architecture funded by the great wealth drawn from the ground while wandering Ballarat’s wide streets before a visit to the intimate Ballarat Wildlife Park offering the opportunity to feed friendly Kangaroos and view Koalas, Dingos and other cuddly Australian animals.

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  • Visit Sovereign Hill – Australia’s largest open-air museum depicting life in 1850’s Ballarat soon after the discovery of gold
  • Pan for real gold in Red Hill gully
  • Lunch at the historic Craig’s Royal Hotel
  • Meet Australian animals at Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Explore the historical city of Ballarat and it grand architectural heritage


  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • Entry to Ballarat Wildlife Park
  • Lunch with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


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