View the history of paddle boats, the digital photographic images and watch new and old videos of activities held on the lake at the Lake Wendouree Museum.

View the Photographic Display of Ballarat Buildings from their past 1850 to 19Ballatat Society of Artists is showcasing their art of the Lake.

Located on the foreshore of Lake Wendouree, opposite the Lake View Hotel.

The museum and paddle boat are operated by the volunteers of the Golden City Paddler Steamer Museum Society Inc. The Museum is open each Sunday for showings like the Historic Ballarat photographic display. The museum can open at other times by request from the public, businesses or groups.

Enjoy a cruise on the Golden City Paddle Boat (a replica of the original Golden City Paddle Steamer). Enjoy the beautiful views, and bird life and listen to the history of the lake and the original paddle steamer, while relaxing to the beat of the paddles.

Operating most Sundays during the period November to April (weather permitting).

For charter services of the boat for corporate or private cruises contact the society by phone.

New Attraction: The Society in collaboration with the Ballarat Society of Artists is presenting a display of their art, ‘Glimpses’.

Content: Golden City Paddle Steamer and Museum

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27A Wendouree Parade, BALLARAT VIC 3350

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$2 - $15

Gold Coin or any donation is gratefully received.
Eftpos facilities available at museum and on board boat.
All funds used to maintain the Museum and Boat.
Volunteers staff the museum and operate the paddle boat.

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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.


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