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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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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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Night Jams

Once a year these guys run the tram at night, it is so cheap $4 gets you a trip around the lake. The volunteers there are very knowledgeable, with interesting little tid-bits on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
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Geelong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Once a year these guys run the tram at night, it is so cheap $4 gets you a trip around the lake. The volunteers there are very knowledgeable, with interesting little tid-bits on the history of the lake and trams in Ballarat. A surprising amount to see in such a small museum, the volunteers are very friendly. A great place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Recently we were lucky enough to ride a night tram alongside Lake Wendouree. It was great fun, a very cold night, however they had provided crocheted rugs for our warmth that worked a treat. We got a small history talk from the conductor as we trundled along the tracks and loved every minute of it. The night rides are just... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I had such a great night riding the night tram at Lake Wendouree and taking a tour of the museum. Our guides were friendly and gave us lots of really interesting information about the history of the trams as well as the current activities of their organisation. The guys allowed my 11 year old boy to have a hands on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My friend, Em, and I went on one of the night rides, and it was fantastic! There were blankets for everyone, and the staff/volunteers were all really knowledgeable, friendly, and even kind of blended in somewhat. We did struggle to find the pick up point in the dark, but they were very accommodating about picking us up at one of... More 

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

Thank you Marie D and all the others who braved the cold to enjoy our Night Tram. It has been some years since our volunteers have come in at night to enable people to experience what older Ballarat residents took as part of their normal life as they found their way home after visiting friends or a evening at the... More 

Victor Harbor, Australia
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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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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 

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