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Ballarat Tramway Museum

Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5334 1580
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Tram ride at the Lake

Although this tram ride is only a short ride it was interesting to hear the driver talk about the... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2018
SLJ05
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Melbourne, Australia
Great Ocean Road Trip

After a week on the GOR we headed inland with no plan on where to go.. We stopped at the botanical... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2018
Garth S
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The Ballarat Tramway Museum is staffed by volunteer members who are dedicated to preserving and operating a part of the former Ballarat street tramways. Trams operate from 11:00 am every weekend and public holiday and during the Victorian school holidays. During winter the last run is approximately 4:00pm. As when the trams carried local residents about their business, fares are collected by the driver or conductor and traditional tram tickets are issued. The trams run along Wendouree Parade through the beautiful and historic Botanical Gardens on a journey of fifteen to twenty minutes. At the Tram Depot 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:
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Hours Today: 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed May 23, 2018

Although this tram ride is only a short ride it was interesting to hear the driver talk about the local area and the history of the Ballarat Trams.

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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

After a week on the GOR we headed inland with no plan on where to go.. We stopped at the botanical gardens and cooked lunch and noticed the trans running.. We paid our 5$ and jumped on.. The driver Neville was amazing.. So generous with...More

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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you garth for your praise. Our volunteers are very proud of their efforts to preserve a unique part of Ballarat's history and give visitors the opportunity to ride on little trams which were so important in transporting the city's residents and visitors in bygone...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

The Ballarat Tramway Museum has a wonderful collection of different tramcars, some being restored and some restored and running on the tramway along Wendouree Parade. There is a wide range of information housed in one of the tramcars, lots of photographs and information. This is...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our free visit to the tram museum, paying a small donation on entry. The kids loved siting In and ‘driving’ the trams. We also had the chance to ride in the tram for a small cost. That was really fun.

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Reviewed March 20, 2018

We enjoyed riding on the tram during our stay in Ballarat and going through the museum. Brought back some great memories

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Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

The trams on display are very well kept and you can sit inside them. Lots of history and interesting things to read about the trams. Some of the trams were from the 1800s and early 1900s. Fascinating!

Thank Michelle N
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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here as we were walking past, back from the botanic gardens. It is full of interesting information and the kids had a ball playing on the different trams. You can ring the bell and turn the wheel. Such fun! And free entry too....More

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Reviewed February 18, 2018

Very interesting and has interactive technology for historic information. Worth visiting but toddler children won't enjoy it. They love the ride on the tram and walking to the fairy park after.More

Thank Daniel H
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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

Hi Daniel. You are certainly right about the younger children's response when riding the trams. Whenever i get the opportunity to be the tram driver for the day, I see so much wide eyed pleasure from the little ones. So many of those living nearby...More

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Reviewed January 27, 2018

Spent over an hour looking around the Museum and talking to staff about the history of the Ballarat Tram service and the trams that are in their collection. Great to talk to people who know their subject matter. Well worth the time spent learning from...More

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Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

Thank you "mycrown" for your review. Our enthusiastic volunteers are always happy to spend time with our visitors talking about Ballarat, its history and the trams which were part of the city's history for over eighty years. The tram ride gives everyone a chance to...More

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Reviewed January 25, 2018

Had a ride in the old tram like we used to have and it bought back many memories even got the old tickets they used to give,the tram driver was such a lovely gentleman great to see the trams still running even though they are...More

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icareaboutmyfamily
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Response from Leo R | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do and there are conductors to help.
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Heather T
July 13, 2015|
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Response from Peter856 | Property representative |
Hi Heather. The tram normally only operates on weekends, Victorian school and public holidays but if you would like to contact me via info@ our web address with further information about your proposed visit and the planned... More
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