Step back in time and immerse yourself in the excitement of Ballarat’s gold rush days at Sovereign Hill! Set on a former gold mining site, this award winning outdoor museum recreates in fascinating detail the hustle and bustle of life in the 1850s. From gold digging to joining an underground gold mining tour – there is so much to do and see!

Experience the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and see a spectacular $100,000 gold pour. Venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the township.

Guests can also visit working shops, hotels, schools, a theatre, crafts, a wheelwright, a candle maker, a confectioner and steam-driven machinery. Enjoy lunch at the New York Bakery; recreated based on advice from Alfred Reid, the son of John Reid, the founder of the original bakery that stood in Ballarat over a century ago.

Be entertained by characters dressed in traditional goldfields costumes who are more than happy to pose for a photo – a great memory of your journey back in time.

Type Indicative prices

Price range varies depending on the number of travellers and the time of year. Contact the office to get a quote. Infants aged up to three travel free of charge.

$1,220.00 - $3,278.00


Entry to Sovereign Hill, entry to the Ballarat Wildlife Park, a two course lunch with a beverage (Beer, wine or soft-drink), a local guide providing expert commentary and a luxurious private vehicle with complimentary water.

Days of operation:
  • Tours operate year-round and itineraries can be adapted due to varying weather conditions. Recommended pick up is 9:00am and average duration of tour is eight hours.

Melbourne Private Tours is a full service luxury private touring operator in Melbourne.

They offer a range of carefully crafted itineraries and also provide guests with the opportunity to fully customise their experience to suit their individual needs. Tours are suitable for individuals, families and groups. Extended adventures and incentive group touring are also available in all regions of Victoria.

The Melbourne Private Tours team work closely with their vast network of personal contacts in Melbourne and Victoria to provide guests with immersive and innovative experiences that deliver memorable ‘behind the scenes’ experiences often not available to the general public. You will meet the locals; the artists, farmers, and wine makers; the artisan producers and the people who make Melbourne and Victoria such a fascinating destination.

  • Australian Tourism Export Council
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

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