Sovereign Hill, Botanical Gardens & Melbourne Skydeck Bus Tour

Step back in time to the Goldrush era at Sovereign Hill, visit the Eureka Centre, see stunning floral displays in the botanical gardens and finish the day with the best view of Melbourne from the Skydeck on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower.



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Your Sovereign Hill, Botanical Gardens & Melbourne Skydeck Bus Tour includes:


  • Scenic drive west from Melbourne to Ballarat
  • Visit the stunning Ballarat Botanical Gardens
  • See magnificent trees so special they’re listed on the National Trust Significant Trees Register
  • Enjoy the beautiful seasonal floral displays in the Conservatory
  • Take in the tranquility of Lake Wendouree
  • Step back in time at the famous open air museum Sovereign Hill
  • Pan for gold, see demonstrations of traditional craft, and immerse yourself in the life of an 1850’s goldfields town
  • Visit the Eureka Centre and learn about the miner’s rebellion
  • Enjoy the leisurely drive back to Melbourne to see the spectacular Melbourne Skyline from 88 floors up on Melbourne Skydeck
  • See itinerary for further details.

What an exciting day!

Price includes all admission fees.


You will be picked up in air conditioned comfort by an English speaking guide for this small group tour. Journey west out of Melbourne to Ballarat where your first stop will be the stunning Botanical Gardens for a wander amongst the flowers and heritage trees, then visit the picturesque Lake Wendouree. Time to step back in time to the Gold Rush of 1850 at Sovereign Hill where traditional craft demonstrations and opportunities to pan for Gold await you. From here we visit the Eureka Centre, historic site of the miner’s rebellion. Your day will finish with the most spectacular view from the Melbourne Skydeck, 88 floors up in the Eureka Tower!

Ballarat Botanical Gardens:
Stretch your legs with a leisurely walk to see over 50 trees listed on the National Trust Significant Trees Register, then wander through the conservatory where you can see captivating floral displays like Hydrangeas in Summer, Chrysanthemums in May and Spring Bulbs in Spring.

Lake Wendouree:
Lake Wendouree was the rowing and canoeing venue for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, now it’s a beautiful space you can enjoy featuring gardens, sculptures, and a variety of birdlife. Take a relaxing wander around this beautiful lake, spot some of 166 different wildlife species that call this lake home, including the elegant Black Swans.

Sovereign Hill:
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of an 1850 Goldfields town at the open-air museum Sovereign Hill. Pan for gold, tour underground mines, see demonstrations of traditional crafts such as candle making and blacksmithing, get dressed up in traditional clothes* and enjoy a horse and coach ride*, meet Polly the sly grog seller, witness the Trooper Musket Firing and so much more! You will also be able to buy your own lunch here.
* Entry to Sovereign Hill is covered in this tour, however if you wish to dress up in old fashioned clothing or take a horse coach ride, you will need to book and pay for this upon arrival at Sovereign Hill. NOTE: Subject to Sovereign Hill daily availability.

Eureka Centre:
Visit the Eureka Centre in Ballarat and learn about the cultural impact of the gold rush and the miner’s rebellion. The museum has engaging exhibits, interactive displays, and is surrounded by the heritage listed Eureka Stockade Memorial Park.

Melbourne Skydeck at Eureka Tower:
Time for a rest on the journey back to the Eureka Tower where you will enjoy the spectacular Melbourne Skydeck experience. The Skydeck is the highest viewing attraction in the Southern Hemisphere, a whole 300 metres high! Now that’s seeing Melbourne from a whole new level. You’ll arrive at the 88th floor via the fastest lift in the Southern Hemisphere taking a mere 38 seconds. With panoramic views of stunning Melbourne and beyond, it’s the perfect way to finish the day.


All the above is included in ticket price except lunch.

Adult $189 Child $165

Items to bring


Please bring your own water, we encourage the use of reusable water bottles.

You will also have opportunities to purchase water on your tour.


Our weather can change very rapidly so please check forecasts prior to coming on tour, bring an umbrella if rain is forecast.

Maybe bring a jacket as a backup and flat sealed shoes are recommended.


A small day pack bag is all that is permitted on the bus due to space constraints.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation more than 48 hours prior to a tour departure will result in a full refund of the tour fare. (less credit card fee charged if applicable).

Cancellation inside 48 hours of tour departure or failure to take up a booked tour will result in the full fare being forfeited.

Pickups & Drop Offs

We will pick you up from from Eureka Tower, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne. This will be confirmed 24 hours prior to departure.

All tours return in time before public transport stops.

Payment Options

Payment is required at time of booking.
You can book online or by calling our office on 1300584018.
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Sovereign Hill, Botanical Gardens & Melbourne Skydeck Bus Tours

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Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

from Melbourne

Includes courtesy inner-city pickup service from
Eureka Tower, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne

Pick Up: 7.30 am

Return to Melbourne approx: 4.30pm

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