The Golden City Paddle Boat is operated by The Golden City Paddle Steamer Museum Society, a volunteer group, located at Lake Wendouree. The Paddle Boat is a replica of it’s namesake, which operated on the lake from as early as the mid-1880’s.
Lake Wendouree is situated in the heart of Ballarat and provides habitat for numerous species of birds and a vast range of flora and fauna. It is a popular recreational spot for anglers, boating enthusiasts, runners, walkers and photographers.
Public Cruises on the Golden City Paddle Boat normally operate from October to April (Weather permitting). Boarding takes place on the Western side of the lake, behind Pipers restaurant and leaves Gardens Wharf for 45 minute cruise on the hour from 1 pm on Sundays.
Tickets are purchased at the time of boarding.
The 45 minute cruise sails at a leisurely pace around the lake via Fairyland to view water bird habitat, then past View Point, Lake Wendouree Rowing Club boat sheds and the 1956 Olympic Rowing Course.
Public Cruises and Private bookings will be available from 7th November 2021 to end April 2022 .
Public Cruise pre booking IS NOT AVAILABLE offsite, but can be negotiated on site, on the day....
Public Cruise Prices
Family (2 Adults & 3 Children )
Note: Covid-19 Rule require all passengers over 12 to be fullyvaccinated.
QR code registration and Vaccination Certificate verification is required,
else Printed Certificate and Personal ID required.
Private Group Tours
The Golden City Paddle Boat is (17 metre long) and licenced to carry 41 passengers in total. (22 passengers during Covid-19 rules)
Guests may self-cater food and beverage and the on-board PA system may be used for entertainment purposes.
All charters are subject to availability and weather conditions.
COVID -19 Rules apply, capacity may be reduced so check when booking...
Prices on Application. (Commencement time and finishing time of private cruises are fixed at booking, otherwise extra costs may occur.)