Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

4.4
Ever wondered what it's like to be a miner in a gold rush? Sovereign Hill recreates the experience for you. This open-air museum in Golden Point presents the area as it was after prospectors discovered gold there in 1851. As you stroll down Main Street, stop into the historically rendered metal workshops, schools, apothecary, bank, saloon, and post office and speak with historical interpreters dressed as townsfolk and prospectors from long ago. Tents and buildings invoking this past era surround the creek, where you can pan for real gold. See how to melt gold into bullion bars at the Gold Pour. You might even strike it rich, paying for your entire vacation! Put Sovereign Hill and other Ballarat attractions into our Ballarat trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Sovereign Hill
Save Saved
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Sovereign Hill Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
3,347 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • I think Sovereign Hill is just like Disney! If I were child, it must attract me more! Actually the shops really looked like over 100 years ago! And there were some shows each hour like Disney parade! ...  more »
  • It has been 30 years since we were last at Sovereign Hill and boy have they been busy. From new exhibits to fun re-enactments we really enjoyed our day. A must see is the new AURA experience. This is ...  more »
  • I haven’t been to sovereign hill in about 15 years, I found the experience to be one of the best memories that I will cherish forever. I wasn’t sure if my children would like it, but they absolutely l...  more »
Google
  • This was one of my highlight experiences in Victoria, a definitely must see. Photos don’t do it justice and it definitely needs one to spare few hours. Best tip would be to try and go during a more colder day. It was still a great joy though as it’s built and executed with amazing attention to detail.
  • Great place, so much to do for adults and kids. awesome new playground with a ship! Find your own gold, go down a mine, do some bowling, take a coach ride, see soldiers firing muskets. Just too much to mention. Definitely need 2 days here, but it's all good bc they give you free entry on your second day! Bring your walking shoes, a hat 🎩 and get ready to enjoy.
  • Probably the best way for families to get a taste of Australian life in the 1850s until time travel is discovered. Plenty of tours, demonstrations, and interactive activities to engage visitors of all ages. The gold museum across the road is well worth a visit too, although it's probably better suited to adults as the displays are mainly for looking and reading.
  • This place is HUGE and to do it justice I'd spend more than just one day here. It's a wonderful look into the past, and the history of the gold rush of Ballarat. Lots of wonderful shows and activities including panning for gold in the creek, participating in an 1800s school day, making candles, and lots more. Plan your day around the daily shows and guided tours which are advertised on blackboard at the entry. Explore the tent villages, pioneer shops, cottages, pubs, Chinese temple, theatre and pubs. See how gold was extracted and processed in the company mines. Great costumes and staff who remain in character all make for a great few days out.
  • Had a wonderful day exploring a bygone era. Comfortable shoes a must. Friendly staff in period clothing stayed in character the whole time. Delicious food in the eateries. Found the gold pouring demonstration very entertaining and interesting.
Places to stay near Sovereign Hill

Plan your trip to Ballarat

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Ballarat

View all >
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Ballarat

4.8
Duration: 4​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
2.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Ballarat

4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Parks in Ballarat

4.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 2​h
4.3
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Ballarat

3.3
Duration: 1​h
3.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 3​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nature in Ballarat

4.0
Duration: 2​h
4.1
Duration: 3​h
4.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Plans to Sovereign Hill by other users

11 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Gold Coast BY A USER FROM INDIA November, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 31 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM SPAIN December, kids, culture, beaches, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM HONG KONG December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM GERMANY July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM VIETNAM August, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans