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Ballarat Tramway Museum

Address: Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3355, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5341 1580
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Ranked #9 of 20 Attractions in Ballarat
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Owner description: The Ballarat Tramway Museum is staffed by volunteer members who are dedicated to the task of...
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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).

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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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
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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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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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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
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Brilliant ride we had along the lake road. Guide well spoken. Learn about the old tram system in Ballarat. Go back to the shed and see more...

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