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Ballarat Tramway Museum

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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 - 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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Elegance and Style

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Erin M
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

We were in the area , and had a ride on a tram, then wandered over to the museum. The volunteer guide that was there took the time to show us some of the trams they were restoring, and explain the history of trams in Victoria. Very educational and informative. I admire the people who volunteer to give others a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

I was privileged to be an invited guest for the recent launch of 'Cuthberts' former Melbourne Restaurant Tram 939. The volunteers have excelled with the restoration of this tram and have launched a new experience where it is possible to 'dine' on a tram whilst it travels around Lake Wendouree

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

Thank you adpo01 for your kind comments. After many months of hard work to modify the tram so it could be used for a variety of functions we have been thrilled with the response from those who have ridden on it. We have launched a special web site to promote what we can offer. A link can be found at... More 

Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

A vintage tram takes tourists on a relatively short run along the edge of a big lake. Nice to see the tram driver dressed in original uniform and issuing replica original tickets in shillings and pence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

A great experience and informative interaction with the tram conductor and the kids of all ages was just excellent. Well worth the trip to Ballarat just for this and Lake Wendouree

Thank BecM76
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

We rode the tram back and forth with the most delightful and informative tram driver, I cant speak highly enough of the driver - allowing our 5 and 7 year old team/train enthusiasts to pull the bell, supervise his driving, change the direction of the tram, answering their excited questions along the way! Despite going to both Sovereign Hill and... More 

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