Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

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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.
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  • I confess I read all negative reviews prior to visiting anywhere so I won't be disappointed. However the negative reviews for sovereign hill I don't understand where they come from. We had a great 2 d...  more »
  • It was really informative about the gold rush and how it all started, some of the lumps of gold found bring tears to the eyes!! it shows the life of the early miners before machinery , and then the us...  more »
  • We visited on Friday May 25th and were absolutely appalled by the insensitive and outright homophobic comments made by the policeman with the moustache this Myself and my partner were winding up what ...  more »
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  • Lovely place. Multiple activities to do whilst being in a Live Museum. Spent a lovely time with family and friends there. No wonder it is among the top destinations in Victoria. Been there twice this year already. Brought some friends on the second visit. *Take note; stay away during holidays as it can get really crowded. Nonetheless, the experience is still excellent!
  • Love this place. Lots to do and learn. Great atmosphere and very friendly staff who are happy to explain things to you. The pies at the bakery are award winning for good reason. The ticket price includes the gold museum which is well worth a visit. You can go back for a second day which we did as there is so much to see. You could allow half a day just for the gold museum there is so much to read.
  • What a fantastic place. Lots and lots to do. The staff and volunteers were fantastic, always had smiles on their faces, friendly and very helpful, great job. We have spent 2 days here and we didn't see it all. Will definitely be coming back. Be very proud of what you have got Ballarat.
  • Excellent place to visit Sovereign hill would have to be the best open air museum in Australia. It is immaculately kept and maintained and the staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable and eager to share their knowledge and explain about life in Ballarat in the 1850s. Blood on the southern cross evening show was also excellent, as was the mine tours. Allow at least 5-6 hours to see and do everything without rushing
  • I first went to Sovereign Hill in '73 when it was newly opened and not much there. Over the years my family and I have returned many times and have seen the place grow. It is still growing and improving. We had 3 gererations there yesterday and had a 3rd generation photo taken at the water pump A great day had by all.
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