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“There's Gold in them Creeks!”
Review of Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill
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Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Day Tour with Optional Wildlife Park from Melbourne
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Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town Day Trip From Melbourne
Ranked #1 of 77 things to do in Ballarat
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Booked with 2 night hotel stay at Steinfelds in Sovereign Hill. Entitled access for 3 days. Done at a leisurely pace. Saw most things. Liked going through the Red Hill Mine- 53 steps. Light show was good. Especially enjoyed the re-enactment. A few more holograms would make it even more experiential. Now I know the history of the Eureka Stockade, and the importance it played on Australian democracy. Fascinating. There's a great book for kids 9-10 years and over, called Eureka Stockade, by Marion Little John. Very informative. Only disappointment is the new cafe- though it's tucked away from the old buildings, there could be more effort on character that suits the rest of the town- and tables should be cleaned more regularly, they were filthy both days. However the coffee was great!
Hope cafe also makes some very tasty pies and pasties.
I bought from Most shops; photo shoot was very cool, but book early so as not to be disappointed, candles dipped, campfire tripod, an old horse shoe and small one engraved from Blacksmith , ring and pendant from Jewellers, soaps and salts from Apothecary, fan, Household lore book, tea towel and bag from Haberdashery, stock man's Hats from leather shop. Street shows and exhibits, bowling, horse wagon rides, Victorian era school demo! That was fun. Of course panning for gold scored 3 pieces! Patience and time. Lots of people on mine machines willing to share and inform. And do go to the gold museum; there are some good sized nuggets on display and the rest is well set out with helpful volunteers-Have fun!!

Thank MADABOUTFAGI
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Great for a coffee and cake but for real meal as the day. Got a history look atmosphere and good service.

Thank James G
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

We went there during the AFL grand final weekend and were really surprised at the Sovereign Hill historical place. It takes you to the 1850 Gold rush era. It was enjoyable for my 13 year old kid with loads of history to digest. There are 3 Gold mine tours to choose from and all are equally good. Food at Sovereign Hill is quite expensive so advise would be BYO food or have good outside in CBD. There are Gold Pouring Demonstrations, The 1850s pump house and steam power house which is still in good working condition. Its got the brown's lolly factory which is quite interesting. There are horse cart rides which is great fund and then there is the Alluvial Gold search for Kids. In all a fun experience which one should not miss.

Thank Gautam D
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

We have a family membership and are always finding new things to do and so many different characters to talk to

Thank Nikki L
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We had a great day out yesterday - enjoyed by adults and kids alike!

While it's not a cheap day out ($135 for 2 adults & 1 child entry) it is clear that they are reinvesting in the customers experience. The venue is really well maintained, clean and easy to get around (with good parking, access to toilets, food venues etc).

While busy, it wasn't over crowded & we had great access to the many tours/shows on offer.

Highlights:

- the underground mine tour (an extra cost but well worth it for 45mins of great insight into the lives of miners and their families)
- the gold pour (free)
- candle making (free)
- candle dipping (a few extra dollars for kids)
- confectionery making (free)
- gold panning (free)

The only reason I didn't give it 5 as a rating as I would love to see more options for takeaway food (as there are loads of beautiful outdoor spaces to sit and enjoy the ambience).

The newish cafe (behind the bakery) was fast with great indoor/outdoor seating but the menu was very limited to fried foods/pies/burgers with no real healthy, fresh options (very pricey as well). As expected I suppose but could be better!

Plan for a full day as there is lots to see and learn (and the staff were all wonderful).

A lovely day out for all!

1  Thank Rennie F
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