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Address: Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3355, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5341 1580
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3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Description: The Ballarat Tramway Museum is staffed by volunteer members who are...
The Ballarat Tramway Museum is staffed by volunteer members who are dedicated to the task of preserving and operating part of the former Ballarat street tramways. Trams operates between 12:30 and 5:00pm every weekend and public holiday and during the Victorian school holidays. The trams run along Wendouree Parade through the beautiful and historic Botanical Gardens. Nearby Lake Wendouree is visible for most of the journey of fifteen to twenty minutes. At the Tram Depot a tram has been ingeniously converted into a display room where many tramway relics are on view. A short DVD presentation documents the history of tramways in Ballarat. All the Museum's trams are also on display including Horse Tram No 1 from 1887. Souvenirs are available for sale both on the trams and at the Depot. The Tram Depot is open on weekends and at other times when volunteer staffing permits. Group visits can usually be arranged at any time for groups as diverse as schools, senior citizens and wedding parties (catering can be arranged).
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Christmas Day and Geoff is still volunteering his time. Thank you for being so entertaining. Tram in great condition loved the sounds, the ride was good for young and old. Worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
SirRichardofBayview
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Christmas Day and Geoff is still volunteering his time. Thank you for being so entertaining. Tram in great condition loved the sounds, the ride was good for young and old. Worth the break while walking around the beautiful lake.

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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. The Museum is so lucky to have volunteers such as Geoff who are willing to give up their own Christmas day so that others can enjoy theirs. More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Thankyou Geoff for being such a wonderful driver and tour guide. We had a beautiful walk around the lake and took a ride on the tram. Thankyou for making Christmas day a little more special.

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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. The Museum is blessed to have volunteers such as Geoff who are willing to give up their own Christmas day so that others can enjoy theirs. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Loved every minute of our guided tram ride by Geoff who was extremely informative and a very nice bloke. Xmas day was made to very special by our lovely driver.

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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your enthusiastic review. The Museum is very lucky to have volunteers such as Geoff who are willing to give up their own Christmas day so that others can enjoy theirs. More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Christmas day and we decide to go for a lovely walk around the lake. Wow how wonderful it is that someone takes the time to make others happy. We appreciate Geoff who made himself available to not only drive the tram but to give the wonderful commentary. It was a lovely experience and made our day. Thank you Geoff for... More 

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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. The Museum is so lucky to have volunteers like Geoff who are willing to give up their Christmas day so that others can enjoy theirs. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Our Probus group enjoyed a great ride on the tram with excellent commentary provided by the volunteer staff. We were then shown over the museum and were surprised at the amount of work that has gone into restoring the beautiful old Ballarat Trams.

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Leetonia, Ohio
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105 reviews 105 reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We didn't get to go for a ride wrong day for us . But we went though they museum, that was great we even had a tour by a tour guide no extra charge for that . They were so helpfully nothing was a problem. Next time we are in ballarat we will go on a tram ride.

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Geelong, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We spent about an hour here, the guys that volunteer here, are so dedicated to there craft, so much knowledge. If you are in the Botantical gardens do yourself a favour and take a peek inside the old trams.

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Busselton, Western Australia, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The restored horse/electric driven trams are a credit to the museum volunteers who have managed to keep alive this important part of Ballarat/Australian History. Coupled with the opportunity to ride on a 100 year old restored tram adds to the appreciation. Only open on Weekends from 12 - 4

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Toowoomba, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The kids and us all enjoyed the vintage tram ride alongside the lake opposite the Botanical gardens. The driver was absolutely amazing taking the time to explain how the tram worked to the children, he was the highlight of our day!

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A fantastic experience for Ted aged 9: playing driver and conductor in the museum. A hands-on experience on the tram trip! Thanks to driver Geoff who made it a memorable day!

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