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Address: Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3355, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5334 1580
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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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. It is usually open every weekday from 4:00pm and most Tuesdays from 10:30am.

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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This museum on the edge of the lake is run by tram enthusiasts who give all their time voluntarily ( they love it tho'). None the less without them it wouldn't be here. Please... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Carole B
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Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum on the edge of the lake is run by tram enthusiasts who give all their time voluntarily ( they love it tho'). None the less without them it wouldn't be here. Please give an offering in the box. ( monetary) . There is also a tram that runs along the tracks by the road, with a few stops.... More 

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Thank Carole B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see attraction adjacent to Lake Wendouree. Unfortunately it is not open very often because it is run by volunteers and receives little funding and relies on your donations. Entry is free. The painted green sheds house around 15 trams from different eras. All seem to have served on lines around Ballarat in bygone days and therefore... More 

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

Hi David. As you say, the Museum is run by volunteers. A very small band of them,actually. We did manage to be open and run trams every day from Christmas Day until Australia Day. The Museum is open every weekend and Victorian holiday, including school holidays. Most days it is also open in the late afternoon. Paid advertising is expensive,... More 

Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great way to spend a few hours in ballarat. Also one of the best places to see the old style trams that have so much character. Well done to all the volunteers

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Thank JohnG3121
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out for the whole family. Even the museum is well worth the look at the history of trams. Good to take your time through the museum.

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Thank Rebecca D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place to visit while in Ballarat. Free entry, but donation is strongly recommended. Friendly volunteers explaining the history and use of each tram. Very informative and quite an experience. Must catch the $4 tram ride for the experience :) Runs for about 20 mins.

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Thank XinH N
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

A great display of the tram history of Ballarat. We found the volunteer staff to be helpful and knowledgeable We enjoyed the short tram ride and found the driver informed and enthusiastic Would recomend this to anyone visiting Ballarat

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Thank Sandy9701
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Most people thing the major citys were the one ones that had trams. this is true, but balarat and bendigo wewe major city's in there own right in the 1800. ,

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Thank Leo R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Was lovely to see the old trams in the museum and to find out about all the teams and how they where made then to go on one was lovely the one from today was from 1890 and was still running well the tour Gide was wonderful and his knowledge was wonderful must see thing my daughter loved it and... More 

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Thank Louise N
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The museum is small but it is informative about the history of the tramway in Ballarat. There are trams on display and you can sit in the drvier's seat and try out the equipment. There is also a tram ride for $4 and the friendly driver and conductor will explain about the features in the tram and let you try... More 

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Gawler, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We had a great time, lovely volunteers, good history lesson. Even our 9 year old son enjoyed the tram ride. Lake is fantastic, Botanic Gardens are Beautiful, tram ride is well worth the experience!

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