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Victoria 3353
Phone: (03) 5334 1580

Ballarat Tram Museum

The Ballarat Vintage Tramway is operated by the Ballarat Tramway Museum Inc., formed to keep alive the tramway experience that has otherwise disappeared from the streets of Ballarat.

The Museum is one of a couple of purely volunteer group in the world operating tramcars in a public road and over a section of original track.

At the depot there is a museum display of photographs and tramway memorabilia for visitors. The tramcar fleet and workshops area can also be inspected.

The rolling stock includes Ballarat Horse Tram No. 1 and ten tramcars which initially ran in Melbourne between 1913 and 1951, plus two acquired directly from Melbourne by the Museum in 1975.

Permanent Collection

For over 80 years, until 1971, Ballarat pulsed with the rumble of trams and was one of the last Australian provincial cities to enjoy this type of service. Now these rolling museums, all over half a century old ,have given way to the motorbus. The tramcars were not switched off without due concern for their historic value and tourist appeal. The Ballarat Tramway Museum Inc.* was formed by a popular desire to retain at least a part of the system which had its start in 1887 as a horse tramway.



Opening hours

The trams run on Saturday, Sunday, Public and School Holidays throughout the year from Noon until approx 5.00pm.

Getting there

The Ballarat Vintage Tramway is located in the Botanical Gardens, on the western shore of Lake Wendouree

By car from Melbourne :
Take the Western Hwy and go through the city centre. Along Sturt Street from the City centre, turn right at Hamilton Avenue, which is about 3 kilometres from the City centre.

By car from Adelaide :
along the Western Highway, under the Arch of Victory, third turning on left.

By train and bus :
Take a train from Spencer Street Station to Ballarat. For time table and other information go to the V/Line website.
and then take Sturt Street West Number 15 Bus up Sturt Street to Hamilton Avenue, then a short walk to the tramway terminus, depot and museum.
Take the Number 16 Bus to Wendoree Village via Lake/Gardens from Sturt St to Gillies St and to the stop that serves the Ballarat Aquatic Centre. This stop is at the rear of our tram depot. The Davis Bus Sevice Route Map shows the Aquatic Centre and how to get to Sturt St from the Railway Station.
For V/Line travellers, your rail ticket includes Melbourne metropolitain travel and travel on Davis Buses within Ballarat.
(No buses on Sundays or Public Holidays.)

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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Venue hire


Charter rates as follows:

Tram rides with optional museum tour (max. duration 1 hour)

Adult bus parties: $110.00 per bus
School groups: $1.50 per head (Minimum $88.00)
Non - operating days - minimum $88.00
Operating days - Service tram - Normal fares will be charged
Operating days - (where an extra tram/crew is needed) - $10 plus normal fares

Functions (catering tables and cupboards at no extra cost).

$110.00 for first 2 hours, then $66.00 per hour
(including pick up and set down of caterers' materials)
$66.00 for each additional tram

All rates include GST

For school charters, a free education kit will be mailed in advance.