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Ballarat Tramway Museum

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Address: Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5334 1580
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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 operate 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 Tuesday from 10:30am. Group visits can usually be arranged at any time for groups as diverse as schools, senior citizens and wedding parties. A recent addition to the tram fleet is "Cuthberts 939", our function tram. It is fitted with a small kitchen and is ideal for small functions (catering can be arranged). Check our web site for further information.

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Nice piece of Ballarat history

Take a ride on a 100 year old tram with a knowledgeable guide. Cheap and while only 15 minutes long you get entry into the museum. As a local we found it worthwhile and a nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ballarat, Australia
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Ballarat, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take a ride on a 100 year old tram with a knowledgeable guide. Cheap and while only 15 minutes long you get entry into the museum. As a local we found it worthwhile and a nice novelty

Thank Returnofthefly
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were walking past on what was supposed to be a closed day for the museum and got chatting to a couple of the fine gentlemen working about the place. The upshot was an improptu tram ride up and down the short lakeside line for a very modest fee. Thanks so much for a great experience, especially swinging on the... More 

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

Thank you 'Oldflatwhite' for your kind comments. I can't imaging you are that old! On most Tuesdays our 'Tram Tuesdays' people come in to do a great variety of jobs around the museum. Usually, if they are there, the doors are open and visitors are most welcome. At times a driver may be available to take a tram out for... More 

Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic fun onboard this elegant old tram. My mum had her birthday party onboard,and everyone had a wonderful time. Friendly,fun and efficient volunteer staff ,serving hot and cold drinks with a wealth of local knowledge of trams ,and everything else. Most importantly the heater works great and made us all very cosy . Will definitely be back :-)

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

Dear 'sparkaruss'. It is so rewarding for our workers when they can see the pleasure people have obtained from spending time with us. A function in Cuthberts 939 is proving to be a great way for smaller groups to enjoy that special occasion in style. We are looking forward to seeing you all again. More 

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

We've visited the Ballarat Tramway Museum many times, driving all the way from Melbourne to get here. The staff are normally very nice, let us play in all the trams, let us ring the bells and have even taken us on tours of the trams that are under construction and repair. It's normally a very fun experience. However, the last... More 

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

Dear 'TravellingMummaBear' On behalf of the Museum, I can only apologise for the approach of one of our volunteers during your recent visit. It especially concerns me that you have experienced unfriendly staff on two occasions as the vast majority of the comments posted on Trip Advisor are extremely positive. You do raise an issue concerning the Museum's policy towards... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a fabulous trip on the Cuthberts 939 restaurant tram in Ballarat. So beautiful, engaging ad such style!!

Thank Erin M
Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Erin for your enthusiastic comments about our new function tram. Our small band of volunteers are still feeling their way with this venture, but have been very heartened with the wonderful feedback we have had from so many of our guests. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tonight I rode the Restaurant Tram at Ballarat. It was fantastic! The tramway crew were pleasant, welcoming and informative. Arthur made fantastic Cappucinos - apparently this tram is the world first to have an espresso machine! The museum was also well worth the visit.

Thank Clare G
Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this review

Hi Clare. We are so happy that you had a great evening with us. I need to add that Arthur is one of our very enthusiastic younger volunteers and I must try one of his cappuccinos next time he is on duty! You should come back again soon and experience a ride on one of our 100 year old trams... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely delightful old world charm with splendid service on Cuthberts 939 tram. They even threw in a beautiful orange full moon shining across the lake.

Thank moonflowerdragon
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We were in Ballarat on a weekday and were unable to see and ride the trams on a running day however we were able to tour the museum one evening. A great place to show our youth the way things were. Well worth the visit.

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

Hi Michael & Terese. Thank you for your kind comments. Th doors are open whenever our volunteers are present. This includes many afternoons, but the small base of volunteer drivers is stretched to cover weekends, Victorian school and public holidays. We hope you can make it back on a running day. If you do you should really enjoy the experience... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We had a ride on the tram today and really loved it. While it's a short ride the conductor and the driver were both lovely and were chatting away. We would have stayed longer but for the bad weather.

Thank N H
Caloundra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Visited Saturday 14th May. Well worth a visit to the Museum/Workshop which houses old Ballarat Trams together with a display showing history of Trams in Ballarat. Then we had a ride in an old tram along their track beside Lake Wendouree, the $4 fare goes towards helping preserve a part of Ballarat and our heritage.

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