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Sovereign Hill

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5337 1100
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At Sovereign Hill, the story of an important time and place in Australian History, and the people who lived it, lives on. An internationally acclaimed tourist attraction, Sovereign Hill prides itself on its close attention to detail found in every aspect of this living, outdoor museum. Sovereign Hill is a glimpse of the vigour and excitement of life on Australia’s 1850s goldfields. Visitors can find real gold in the creek – gold pans are provided and it’s ‘finders keepers’, see $150,000 worth of molten gold poured into a gleaming bar, and take in the rich program of activities, shows and demonstrations. On Main Street there are working shops, hotels and a theatre – all based on original Ballarat businesses. Visitors are able to watch goldfields tradespeople in action and take a ride around the township in a horse-drawn coach. For the brave hearted, journey underground on a gold mine tour.
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Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5337 1100
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Reviewed yesterday

Sovereign Hill is an interesting place to visit for family. My three sons are enjoying Sovereign Hill so much. One of the attractions that we interest is when we go deep 10 km under to get the feeling how gold miners are working, how is...More

Thank Semarahaeni
Reviewed 4 days ago

In this small village you can experience the daily routine of gold-mining. You can walk into the the school, grocery, bank, etc. as people did it more than a century ago and when they exchanged gold to dollar, clothes, soaps and shoes.

Thank Benwerrin
Reviewed 6 days ago

we loved this place so much we went back the next day (2nd day is free) so much to see. Our kids were 10 & 12 and could really understand the History and enjoyed the demonstrations. They even found a little gold while panning!

Thank Janine F
Reviewed 6 days ago

A great place to visit if you're interested in history of gold in Ballarat. A unique village of dwellings (constructed for miners) with gold panning fascilities, shops displaying and selling wares from the 1800's. Staff dressed in period costume, displays, activities. Great for kids to...More

Thank enjoytravel51
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well maintained outdoor museum that's both educational and entertaining for adults and children. There is so much to do here that one may choose to say overnight. We got here after lunch and was rushing through the visit. Kids loved the little red robin hood...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've never been, but I suppose for an edutainment themed experience it was pretty interesting. The only thing I would say is to go there earlier to experience all the tours and shows, and to check if the tours need booking. We didn't know some...More

Thank katakanakat
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sovereign Hill is a very interesting place to visit particularly if you love past history of the town of Ballarat and the gold rush. We loved the freedom of wandering through the replica buildings and villages and watching all the demonstrations and shows. We spent...More

Thank Diane R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent 1 & a half days here! To our surprise we could come back the next day for free! Glad we did because there is so much to see & do. Not to rush & to enjoy the experience by soaking up the atmosphere...More

Thank Jeannine W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have an annual membership to Sovereign Hill, so we visit on a regular basis. It never fails to impress and entertain our whole family, including our 7-year-old and 5-year-old daughters. The Winter Wonderlights in July is utterly spectacular and we attended on several occasions...More

Thank Jason F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great day at SH Very authentic & loved the attention to detail. Beautifully kept gardens all around. Would have liked a bit more information on offer. We viewed several old houses & it would have been nice to know what kind of people...More

Thank Kathryn N
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Response from MariposaFirefly25 |
There are two different types of mine tours at Sovereign Hill. The Red Hill Mine is a self-guided tour with the voice of a Cornish miner to walk you through and tell you about the mine and its history. This tour is free and... More
28 November 2016|
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Response from 348elsie | Reviewed this property |
Sixty years and over. it helps if you have a senior's card.