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Enjoy with us in an unique Sightseeing tour of both Sovereign Hill and Phillip Island Penguin Parade on the same day. If you are in rush and would love to explore multi Victoria’s tourist places on the same day, this “Combo” Sovereign Hill and Phillip Island day trip is perfectly designed for you. On the same day, you’ll have a chance to visit the historical gold mining in Ballarat as well as experience the beauty of Australian beaches and the Penguin Parade.
Experience often tell us that from time to time visiting families and friend’s do not have much time on hand to show their guests around so we have available seats on the bus for those occasions that we cover both tours in the same day.
We depart pick up location at 8.00am direct to Sovereign Hill where we spent a few hours looking around and panning for some gold until 14.00 just after lunch we leave Sovereign Hill as we head straight to Phillip Island for the penguin parade, depending on time of the year or season we should arrive back in Melbourne at 22.30 or 23.30 with the experience well worth for the day.
In 1851, the world’s attention turned to Ballarat, as the next major international Gold Rush began in earnest. Fresh after San Francisco 1849 rush, fortune hunters of many different nationalities converged on Australia, only to discover the diverse opportunities this great country had to offer Immigrants.
Sovereign Hill takes you back to experience the heady times of the Gold Rush era at Eureka and Sovereign Hill – Ballarat.
The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat – a majestic provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s. An impressive glass-fronted building with panoramic views, the Gold Museum offers an award-winning gift shop specialising in the sale of gold nuggets and Australian.
Discover the beauty and power of gold as you view an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and gold coins.
‘Ballarat: Inspired by Gold’ is a major exhibition presenting the story of Ballarat from its earliest days through to European settlement and the amazing impact of the gold rushes. Entry to the Gold Museum is free with your Sovereign Hill ticket. Separate entry is also available.
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. By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! It’s just like stepping back in time – from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep!
At the Gold Museum you can 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 town. Go shopping 1850s-style and visit hotels, schools and a theatre with goldfields entertainers. See steam-driven machinery in action and chat with our wheelwrights, candle makers and confectioners as they ply their trades. On our streets and in our theatre, you will be entertained by costumed goldfields characters who are happy to pose for a great photo.
Lunch at your own cost
Every evening at dusk, the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. From the waves – across the beach – to the sand dunes – the Little Penguins come almost close enough to touch as they waddle to their burrows. Sunset at Summerland Beach has drawn millions of visitors to Phillip Island. It is the nightly ritual of these little flightless birds which will enthral you as you observe from the beach and the elevated boardwalk.
- Spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay
- Westernport Bay – water birds and mangroves
- Panoramic views of French Island
- San Remo – maritime fishing village
- Phillip Island Nature Park – a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins
- Cowes by the sea – a popular holiday resort for over 100 years
- Stop for dinner at Cowes (own expense)
- The Nobbies – a rugged rocky outcrop
- Seal Rocks – home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals
- Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach
- Inspect the Visitors Centre – an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin
- See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
Note : Please bring comfortable walking shoes and windbreaker as the Southern Ocean winds can get cold!
Include Entrance fee to Sovereign Hill and Phillip Island