Christmas in July wonderland and snow in the hills

There is so much to explore during Winter Wonderlights so our Sovereign Hill team has pulled together a few favourite evening highlights not to miss during your wintry Ballarat adventure.

Members from: $1,509 P.PNon-members from: $1,737 P.PSolo traveller from: $1,589

  • Type

    Escorted by National Seniors Travel

  • Destination


  • Supplier

    National Seniors Travel

  • Booking Code


  • Departs

    30 June 2022


  • Covid safe policy

  • Meals: 4 breakfast, 2 dinner

  • Pre accommodation for interstate guests

  • 4 nights accommodation on tour

  • Luxury coach travel, Hostess and National Seniors Travel

  • All entries as per itinerary

  • Christmas present on tour

Winter Wonderlights

There is so much to explore during Winter Wonderlights so our Sovereign Hill team has pulled together a few favourite evening highlights not to miss during your wintry Ballarat adventure.

The reason why most people visit at this time of the year! Head to our Main Street and see our buildings come alive under a kaleidoscope of colour and music. Be sure to catch some faux snow and check out our brass band performing your favourite Christmas tunes.

Get your Christmas shopping sorted early at our winter street market. Stock up on Christmas decorations and your favourite Sovereign Hill sweets. While you’re here, treat yourself to some yuletide snacks and a warm beverage (Hot Raspberry Chocolate, anyone?).

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ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments

ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments

Stylish and comfortable, guest rooms and apartments at ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments provide the perfect place to retire to.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

The reason why most people visit at this time of the year! Head to our Main Street and see our buildings come alive under a kaleidoscope of colour and music. Be sure to catch some faux snow and check out our brass band performing your favourite
Christmas tunes.

Mount Buller

Mount Buller

Escape the hustle of city life and find adventure and relaxation just a few
short hours from Melbourne at Mount Buller, Victoria’s most accessible
alpine resort.



Victoria’s largest inland city, Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts,
events, food, brews and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop.


Free day interstate guest

Interstate guest arrive into Melbourne this is a free day and breakfast is included for the next day.

Day 1: (D) Melbourne to Ballarat

We depart Melbourne and head to Ballarat for what will be the start of a memorable few days of lights, faux snow, real snow, Christmas dinner, festive
fun and even a present from Santa. Ballarat. Our first stop today will see us step back in history as we visit Sovereign Hill … Sovereign Hill is a living museum presenting the story of Ballarat as a goldrush boomtown. Gold was discovered here in 1851, triggering the greatest alluvial gold rush
the world has ever known. The sleepy pastoral settlement of Ballarat grew rapidly into a fine provincial city built on the wealth derived from
its gold. Having spent the day stepping back in time we will also enjoy dinner here before taking in the amazing sights of the Winter Wonderland.
Sovereign Hill becomes awash of colour, lights and faux snow as the township is literally transformed in to a winter wonderland.

Day 2: (B,D) Ballarat and Christmas In July

After a leisurely breakfast this morning we make our way in to the Eureka Centre … The Eureka Centre is located at the Eureka Stockade Memorial Park, considered to be the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade where the rebellion took place. The battle of the Eureka Stockade is heralded by many
as the birth of democracy in Australia and has an enduring place in the Australian consciousness. The Centre is also home to one of Australia’s most
compelling historic artefacts – the Eureka Flag. We depart the Eureka Centre and head in to the city hub of Ballarat where we will have time to
wander the historic streets taking everything from the magnificent architecture to the cosmopolitan eateries and cafes, we will have a chance to get lunch at own expense. Following our free time we are off to the Ballarat Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Ballarat is the oldest and largest regional art gallery in Australia. Established in 1884 as the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery by the citizens of Ballarat, both the building and part of its collection is listed
on the Victorian Heritage Register and by the National Trust of Victoria. From the Gallery we will return to our hotel for some downtime and a chance to freshen up before we head out this evening to celebrate Christmas in July, complete with all the Christmas trimmings including a present from Santa.

DAY 3: (B) Ballarat, Creswick and Melbourne

This morning after another leisurely breakfast we
will jump on the coach and head out of Ballarat
to the township of Creswick. Located between
Ballarat and Daylesford, Creswick is another
historic former gold-mining town. There are a
number of historic buildings which serve as a
reminder of the town’s gold-mining history and the
town is surrounded by thick pine and eucalyptus
plantations first established in the early 1900’s. It
is also home to the iconic Creswick Woollen Mills,
Operating since 1947, this spinning and weaving
mill is the last coloured woollen mill of its type
in Australia and offers product sales as well as
staging regular demonstrations and exhibitions.
Having had plenty of time to check out all the
Mill has to offer we head back in to Ballarat and
to Lake Wendouree where we find the Ballarat
Tramway Museum. The Museum was formed to
preserve the tramway experience that existed on
the streets of Ballarat from 1887 through to 1971.
Today we have chartered a tram which will take
us along part of the original section of track on the
shores of Lake Wendouree … our experience will
include authentic methods of operations such as
conductors and paper tickets. Having enjoyed our
time on the tram we will have some time to wander
through the Ballarat Botanic Gardens before
heading in to the city hub of Ballarat for the last
time to purchase some lunch at own expense. After
lunch we board the coach for the trip back in to
Melbourne where we will check in to our hotel midafternoon. Following our nights out at the Winter
Wonderland and Christmas in July dinner, tonight
is yours to do as you please.

DAY 4: (B) Mount Buller

Today we have an earlyish start as we head to
the Victorian high country and mountains … after
our breakfast we will board the coach and head
north-east out of Melbourne to the snowfields of
Mt Buller. An easy three and half hour drive in the
coach from Melbourne, Mount Buller is the most
accessible major snow resort in Australia and a
premier ski destination for snow enthusiasts from
across the nation and around the world. Whether
you decide to just take in spectacular views from
the Village, or you hire snow gear and you whiz
down the slopes on skis, snowboard or toboggan
it truly is an exhilarating day trip. Situated in the
High Country of north-east of Victoria the area
also features national parks, Victoria’s highest
mountains, lakes, snow resorts, vineyards and a
rich history including gold discovery, cattlemen and
bushrangers. After our day on the mountain we
head back in to our hotel in Melbourne where once
again the evening is ours, whether to order room
service and rest from a day’s skiing, or whether it’s
to explore some of what Melbourne has to offer
after dark.

Day 5: (B) Beach Boxes and Cake

We will continue with our experience of Melbourne
and make our way to Brighton Beach where we
stop to witness the colour spectacle that is the
Brighton Beach Boxes. For many years in the late
nineteenth century, Brighton was Melbourne’s
favourite seaside destination, and the 82 bathing
boxes are unique because of their uniform scale
and proportion, building materials, sentry order
alignment all with a Heritage Overlay. As simple
structures, all retain classic Victorian architectural
features with timber framing, weatherboards and
corrugated iron roofs. They remain as they did over
one hundred years ago, as licensed bathing boxes.
No service amenities such as electricity or water
are connected. From here we make our way back
in to St Kilda and Acland Street, famous for mouthwatering cake shops, exceptional outdoor dining,
its great mix of retail, and restaurants. Having had
time to wander the street and get some lunch (at
own expense) it is now time that all good things
must come to an end and we board the coach for
our transfer to Melbourne Airport for our flights

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*All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Itinerary, hotels and inclusions are subject to change. Itinerary, pricing and service providers are subject to change should the necessity arise. Ask our consultants about the latest flight deals to add onto your tour. All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions, e.g. churches, wineries etc. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures, inclement weather etc. For more details on our terms and condition please visit Non-refundable payment unless we cancel the tour due to Government Announcements. Min numbers for group is 25 to depart.