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Ballarat Tramway Museum

Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5334 1580
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It is actually a lot of fun and the kids get a kick out of riding a tram on the foreshore of Lake... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Basill_Mo
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Ballarat, Australia
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Enjoyed a Tram ride through Bendigo then taking us to the Museum. Interesting and would recommend... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CherylTas
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Hobart, Australia
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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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Wendouree Parade | Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is actually a lot of fun and the kids get a kick out of riding a tram on the foreshore of Lake Wendouree. It is a pity that our city forefathers saw fit to close down the system apart from this little piece It...More

Thank Basill_Mo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a Tram ride through Bendigo then taking us to the Museum. Interesting and would recommend. Didn't get to see Birney the rescue cat. Good gift shop.

Thank CherylTas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last night we hired the dining tram and with 24 great friends and chef Peter Ford, we had a wonderful dinner with great wine and food. This is a unique experience to add to anyone looking for a special event with a unique twist. The...More

Thank michandmal
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We were able to jump on the first tram ride of the day. So we stopped a lot more as they unloaded all the signs. It would have been great if there could have been a bit of rolling commentary and filled in the time....More

Thank Catherine Z
Reviewed 11 July 2017

A bit of nosalgia these old trams are still working along the side of the lake Wendouree. they rattle their way along and a joy to travel in

Thank Greg D
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

We went to the museum and had s good look around and my son played on the tram. The men were very nice to talk too. I liked the blue dining tram look cool. We then went on the tram ride which Roger was very...More

Thank Mickel49
Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Michael Thank you for your kind comments. Trams as we 'oldies' know them are no longer part of the younger generation's experience and so we try to show how they work and describe their place in Ballarat's history. The blue 'dining' tram is available...More

Reviewed 4 July 2017

Love riding the tram around Lake Wendouree when travelling to Ballarat. Gives a great feel to the city's bygone era when trams ruled all the major thoroughfares.Many lovingly restored carriages housed in the museum by dedicated locals.

Thank david w
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This was the first time we explored Ballarat and we took the tram for fun. The tram staffs were very friendly and warm. They were very informative and told us the history of Ballarat and some other places to visit. We really enjoyed the ride...More

Thank rosieperdio
Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

Thank you Rosie. Our 'senior' volunteers are very proud of their city and its trams and enjoy giving their time to enhance the enjoyment for visitorsof the city and the botanic gardens.

Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Neville the driver was very friendly and told us about Ballarat history during the trip. It's a short way but the tram is very cosy. There are some blankets and books available on board!More

Thank Pau L
Peter856, Manager at Ballarat Tramway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

Hi Pau I see you are all the way from Argentina! Thank you so much for the kind review. I will pass it on to Neville. He 'retired' a few years ago only to join the Museum as a volunteer. When he is not driving...More

Reviewed 1 June 2017

This is a bit of a hidden gem. We met Hugh who was one of the tram conductors who was really entertaining and informative. This is a fun exoerience - riding the trams and the kids loved it. We also went into the museum and...More

Thank Sarah D
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icareaboutmyfamily
16 June 2016|
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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
13 July 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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