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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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  • Average6%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5337 1100
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place is just so well done. They don't overcharge and all the staff are super friendly and helpful. There is just so much to do.just Google it as there is too much to write about here. I recommend that you do the mine tour....More

Thank trevor1949
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are around the Melbourne/ great ocean road Balarat is only about an hour out of your way. We stayed at the Best Western Plus which is right across the road from sovereigm hill. If you like "bygone era" this is for you! I'm...More

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place l visited via the gold rush special Vic rail to Ballarat shuttle bus to sovereign Hill payed entrance fee given a map the rest is up to you what you do the attractions all go at different times no orientation provided staff rude...More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Excellent attraction with plenty to see and do. Everything is very realistic down to small details . we went during the day and there were plenty to do, we did the candle dipping, mine tour, gold pour and saw the musket firing. The staff were...More

Thank ge0mac
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I purchased a couple of gold passes online. This covered entry and a number of payable attractions inside the park. First off fairly easy to locate the park and loads of parking. Sovereign Hill is a replica of an 1800s gold town and very realistic....More

Thank Moonrock1962
Reviewed 5 days ago

Sovereignhill is a theme park build where a real gold mine once operated, during the 19th century. The streets, the buildings, people in costumes, horses, redcoat soldiers, blacksmith will really make you feel back in the old times. Children will particularly be delighted by the...More

Thank ChuBrazil
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is a recreated gold mining town. It is well designed and constructed and worth a visit. However, the entrance fee is far more than we have paid at any other museum - A$55.50 per person, which is about double what you pay for...More

1  Thank OccasionalTraveler29
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend this day trip if you want to go back in time and experience history as it unfolds. It's a great learning and fun-filled experience for both children and adults. My son enjoyed the gold pouring, candle-making, gold panning (probably the longest time...More

1  Thank Jofarjo
Reviewed 1 week ago

So I recommend getting here early, because there is many things to do and you may be leaving at closing time. I would also say to get your vintage photos taken early, because there can be a long wait. The underground mines were a great...More

3  Thank Samantha F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The two day pass was excellent for revisiting to see all the demonstrations. our two grandchildren wanted to explore every aspect of the facility as well as the Gold Museum. They had a wonderful time, as did we. We came away with some forged posts...More

1  Thank 554cherylet
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Joyce N
16 February 2018|
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Sorry don’t know as we went on a package deal from Melbourne
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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