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Ballarat Tramway Museum

Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3355, Australia
+61 3 5341 1580
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Ranked #12 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Type: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: The Ballarat Tramway Museum is staffed by volunteer members who are dedicated to the task of preserving and operating part of the former Ballarat... more » Owner description: 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). « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The museum offers a great insight into the old tramways of country victoria and to have moving museum pieces taking you around a wonderful scenic location is great fun.Plenty of picnic facilities available in the gardens .

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

It is a few trams in excellent condition but worth a look. The video presentation was informative and you can climb aboard the trams and get a look into life when trams were first introduced. .

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

It was good to see that a handful of volunteers are working hard to restore a collection of trams that have been acquired from various cities both in Victoria and beyond. The horse drawn tram was particularly interesting. It was also interesting to view the video of the trams operating and how they were being restored. Well worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We walked around the lake and discovered the Museum, we walked around and chatter to Rodney, he was very helpful with a lot of insider knowledge. A lot to discover with pictures, trams to view and clips.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Located on the banks of Lake Wendouree and is run entirely by volunteers. Take a ride on an old tram like they used to be in the streets of Melbourne. Enjoy some great scenery while doing so. After that you can walk around the workshop and also view the museum display of photographs and tramway memorabilia. Afterwards don't forget to... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

First time for me riding the old tram , feel like im back in time ...wonderful staff , great scenery along the lake ...the tram museum gave me knowledge about the history of the tram in Ballarat ...i really enjoyed myself and for sure i will come back again

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Liked the cheerfulness of the driver and his passion for the tram. He picked passengers up even after its formal operating hours.

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

if visiting Lake Wendouree and the tram is running jump on board. Tramway is staffed by volunteers. Itinerary is limited to a short run on the lake edge but it is fun. Not disabled friendly and you do need to be able to climb up onto the tram. Unique and popular! Do it!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Its interesting to note that Bendigo's current tram system is part of a larger system dating back from 1890-steam at first,then electrified in 1903. Today the tramway goes from central deborah Terminus to Lake Wendouree via Pall Mall, a pleasant return journey of less than half an hour past some of the city's finest sights. Its home to the earliest... More

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

It is a shame that Ballarat got rid of the tram system many years ago, however the tram museum does a good job of keeping that part of history alive

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