The Golden City Paddle Steamer is the only remaining paddle steamer of 15 which used to operate on Ballarat's Lake Wendouree. The Golden City now operates on a regular basis during summer or can be hired by groups on request. The vessel is moored at Gill's Boatshed. The boatshed has been developed to house a 100 seat restaurant and the Lake Wendouree Museum. the Museum fitout is proceeding and is expected to be completed by 26th April 1998. The Museum will interpret the natural environment of the lake, as well as the family, sporting and recreational aspects of its history. Plans are being developed to return the Golden City to steam.
The collection preserves the history of Lake Wendouree, Paddle boats, Bird life, Activities, 1956 Olympics rowing, presented in photo and video formats.