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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5337 1100
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We thought a local should know the attractions around us so we made an evening out. The whole evening is run very smoothly with attendants at every stop to show the way and explain where necessary. The story is well potrayed in different ways and...More

Thank Aussie-go
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are visisting Victoria and love history you must see Sovereign Hill and walk back in history. Plan to spend the whole day there as there is plenty to see and enjoy. Great for older children

Thank Melody S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

good value easy to spend a day or even longer here shows what life was like during the Australian gold rush

Thank Christopher B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We came here on a very hot day. Everyone were amazing for a hot day in a town that's usually leans more to cooler weather. The ladies were dressed in their big skirts and the water sprinklers on the buildings kept the patrons cool and...More

Thank wandawoo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whether you have kids or not, or perhaps you just love history... this is a fantastic place to visit. There are very few things in life better than an institution doing its very best to do something properly. Sovereign Hill’s attention to detail and commitment...More

Thank Renny W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I haven't been here for 25 yrs but this place has gotten a lot better with the under ground mine tours where you learn what it was like for the diggers back in the day traveling down 30meters in a tram underground. I didn't realize...More

Thank bigtones25
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice visit but not what I expected. It is expensive and very commercial. The definite positives are the volunteers that work there who are all super helpful and friendly.

Thank dodgehayden
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They have thought of almost everything! Was a great day full of learning in a very hands on way. Loved the period people just wandering and working as they would have. Everyone was very friendly. We all really enjoyed our day there. The one thing...More

Thank 565janettep
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well done gold mining town experience. I got the VIP pass and it was worth the extra money. Includes a vintage professional photo, tea and scones, unlimited horse coach rides and below ground mine trip. Others pay extra for these things. You can also pan...More

Thank pmdwarrior
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plan to go early as there is so much to see.we enjoyed the gold panning.all the staff play their part. love every minute of staying there.Such a nice experience.

Thank mad c
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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.