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Address: Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3355, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5334 1580
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3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 6:00 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). During 2015 there is a special display at the Museum "Trammies at War" remembering the contribution of the Ballarat tram workers to the First World War.
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The staff were friendly and informative. The tram driver and conductor provided a safe and fun ride engaging with both the adults and our under 3 children to make the short and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
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Victor Harbor, Australia
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The staff were friendly and informative. The tram driver and conductor provided a safe and fun ride engaging with both the adults and our under 3 children to make the short and affordable ride lots of fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We visited the Ballarat Tramway Museum on a very cold day. We were greeted on arrival and given an informative talk about the trams. Our toddlers enjoyed looking through the trams and my husband got a chance to change over the tracks at the front of the museum. Not something you get to do very often! We then boarded the... More 

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

Thank you Katrina. The 'Cosy Tram' is has been a timely new initiative this year as Ballarat experiences a particularly cold winter. We are all pleased that your family braved the cold and enjoyed our company. All our volunteers are very proud of our efforts to showcase an important aspect of Ballarat's past More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Kids and adults will love the vintage tram ride alongside Lake Wendouree. We sat in the open section as our toddler was keen to watch the volunteer operate the tram and blankets provided kept us warm. At $4 ticket, this is great value and kids (big and little) will enjoy it. We didn't go into the museum, but will do... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review. Many of us adults are also still big kids at heart. Our drivers get a lot of pleasure from giving kids and adults alike a chance to experience what our grandparents took for granted as part of their everyday like. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

A short trip alone lake wendouree in a vintage tram for 4 dollars us worth the money. Even though the day was cold, colourful blanket's are provided to warm your ride and the driver knows all about trams. Thanks Rodger. The museum is worth a look sand a minutes walk from the tram

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

We are so happy you and family enjoyed your time with us despite the cold winter. We suspect that Roger, our volunteer tram driver, probably enjoyed looking after you very much as well! More 

Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Guide was well informed and kids loved going on the tram ride afterwards. Wasn't a huge amount to look at really, but for a volunteer run museum was pretty good.

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

Thank you Anna for your review. So many kids these days have not even seen a tram, and especially one that is nearing 100 years old, let alone ridden one. Please make sure they drag you to our Museum next time you are in Ballarat. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The tram driver was awesome! He was friendly and engaged my 8 year old daughter and showed her how to drive the tram. The museum was fascinating and all the volunteers were amazing.

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

Thank you Lisa E for your kind review. Our volunteers have nearly as much fun as your daughter and are always chuffed when they learn that our visitors are having such a great time. More 

Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Today a friend and I with the kids (ages 7, 5, 4 & 3) joined BTM on a walk of the Forgotten Landscapes of Ballarat today. We were amazed by how things have changed and found new places within our own town that we never knew existed. Hidden in a little corner of the gardens is the Ballarat Zoo, resemblance... More 

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

Thank you MummyMonster1012 for your wonderful review. Peter, the Tramway Museum volunteer who led the tour, has put many hours into planning different activities for our visitors and this one, as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival was a first. It was a great success and we plan to build on it for next year. More 

Wodonga. Vic
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We had the opportunity to visit Ballarat over the weekend, while we were there we had to fill in some time so we visited the Tram Museum at Lake Wendouree. We took a 15 minute ride on a tram that was 100 years old, then we went & visited the museum that is operated by volunteers all year round. Everything... More 

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

It is great you enjoyed your visit so much. We are very proud of the trams and our volunteers are all committed to keeping them and their part in Ballarat's history alive. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I relly liked when it when over the bumps and watching the diver dive the tram it was rely old and my ganma uset to go on it to school from willam

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

Hi William. I hope your grandma had many stories to tell you about her trips on the trams when she was young and all the things the school kids used to get up on the way. In a few years time you should think about joining us as a volunteer conductor and perhaps later become a tram motorman (driver). It... More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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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 

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Additional Information about Ballarat Tramway Museum

Address: Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3355, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5334 1580
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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