This fabulous tour takes in two of the must-sees in the historic Victorian goldfields. Visit Sovereign Hill — an open-air museum and heritage town re-creation that brings the 19th century gold rush era to life, and the charming spa town of Daylesford — renowned for its restaurants, cafes and galleries.

AUD $149pp

Sovereign Hill and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne
Runs: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Departs at: Seasonal — please check your booking confirmation document for your confirmed departure time
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and 570 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Featured guest review:

‘The tour was so well put together and right from the moment we met Kurt, our tour guide, I was able to relax and sit back and enjoy the day. Being winter, Sovereign Hill was so beautiful. The light show is spectacular and makes for a wonderful memory. The guided tour brings the 1850s to life. All in all it was a day well spent. Thanks for an amazing experience.’ Priya

Tour highlights

  • Enjoy a journey back in time to Victoria’s goldfields of the 19th century during an interactive visit to Sovereign Hill outdoor museum
  • Learn how to pan for gold
  • Immerse yourself in the story of the goldfields, as told by your character host Mr Smith in his ‘rags to riches’ tale
  • Venture underground on a mine tour
  • Explore the quaint spa town of Daylesford with its galleries and cafes
  • Maximum group size: 24.

What's included

  • Guided tour with commentary
  • Pick-up and drop-off at selected CBD hotels
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • Guided tour of Sovereign Hill with Mr Smith
  • Underground mine tour and horse-drawn coach ride
  • Gift of raspberry drops.


Adults: AUD $149pp
Children (4 to 12 years): AUD $119pp

This tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

What you can expect

This Sovereign Hill and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne offers a great day out for the whole family and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Victorian gold rush of the 19th century. This boom-time era gave rise to many of Melbourne’s fabulous period buildings, along with heritage cities and towns across the goldfields — including Ballarat and picturesque Daylesford.

The day begins with pick-up from selected CBD hotels, and a departure of 8.30 or 11am or depending on the season. The tour heads west from the city towards Ballarat and your first stop of the day – Sovereign Hill. This outdoor museum and gold rush town re-creation tells the story of Ballarat’s first ten years following the discovery of gold in the region in 1851. The legendary Eureka Stockade rebellion occurred right here. You’ll learn more about that during your visit, and experience exciting street theatre, live music and the chance to pan for gold. Who knows — you might even strike it lucky! [More]

You’ll be greeted by Mr Smith — your personal Sovereign Hill guide — who will take you on his ’rags to riches’ journey from the seedy streets of old London town to becoming one of the goldfields most successful gents. You’ll also venture deep underground on a guided mine tour and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Guests of all ages will love the entire experience.

The second stop on this Sovereign Hill and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne is the quaint town of Daylesford, located in the heart of Victoria’s spa country. The region is renowned for its revitalising hot springs and has been a popular weekend getaway destination for stressed Melburnians for more than a century. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the main street, which is packed with heritage buildings, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

Please note: In winter this Sovereign Hill and Daylesford Tour from Melbourne operates in reverse, and with a later departure time, so that guests can enjoy Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights display.

Guest reviews

  • Priya (14/7/2018)

    The tour was so well put together and right from the moment we met Kurt, our tour guide, I was able to relax and sit back and enjoy the day. He was so thorough, clear, humorous and assuring and was a key to the entire experience. Thanks Kurt. Being winter and the occasion of White Christmas, Sovereign Hill was so beautiful with Christmas lights. The light show is spectacular and makes for a wonderful memory. The guided tour and the show about finding gold bring the 1850s alive. All in all it was a day well spent, entertaining kids and adults alike. Thanks for an amazing experience.

  • dtlh888 (24/5/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    Exciting day for us. Did something we never done before - pan for gold!!! Good experience indeed. Tour is really good value for money. Our tour guide Robert was awesome too. Funny and cute! Thanks for the great tour.

  • Julie (8/11/2017) - Via TripAdvisor

    We met our driver at pickup point. Kylie was very friendly and informative. We took a scenic way instead of the freeway through Bachus Marsh to Sovereign Hill which was lovely. Once at Sovereign Hill everything was organised and ready for us to take a tour with Malcolm who was a very informative chap. We were then left to our own to explore. A little more time would have been nice to see everything this place has to offer but our time did not allow this. We then went to Daylesford to see a waterfall and get some mineral spring water, before heading off to Trentham.

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

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This tour operates in all weather conditions.