Step Back in Time: Gold Rush & Wildlife
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Approximately 8 hours
From the pier, enjoy a scenic 1½-hour drive through Victoria's farming country to Ballarat.
Visit Ballarat Wildlife Park, where 37 acres of bush land are home to koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, and even the Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a guided tour through the park to see Patrick the Wombat, and to feed and pet the free-roaming kangaroos. Snap a close-up photograph with a cuddly koala.
Continue to Sovereign Hill to experience the boom times in this living museum. Explore the town and the old gold diggings at this award-winning attraction set on 25 acres. See the Eureka town site and learn about the famous uprising and rich history that shaped this part of Australia.
There are some optional activities available. You can travel back through time on an authentic Cobb & Co. stagecoach (at your own expense) to the 1850s and Victoria's gold rush days of glory and despair. Pan for gold and tour a quartz mine (at your own expense) and watch the entertaining street theater. Enjoy the chance to purchase a genuine Australian meat pie for lunch (at your own expense) -- a culinary undertaking you shouldn't miss.
Lunch can be purchased during the tour at your own expense.