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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  • Located in Ballarat, which is about 1 hour drive from Melbourne. Ample parking. Accommodation is also available within Sovereign Hill, but bit expensive. A recreated historic city with people as in fe...  more »
  • This is such a great place to visit when you are in Ballarat. From the stagecoach rides around the purpose built roads to the Goldmine tours and the small village thato has been built with shops, rest...  more »
  • Ballarat was once the world's richest goldfields. Sovereign Hill is an open air living museum, a recreation of the Gold-rush days. There's lot's to see, including crafts from a bygone era. The recreat...  more »
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  • Have been there many times over the years.is always fun if you are interested in history and such. the mine ride is heaps of fun and they do a very good job on making you feel like you have stepped back in time. Make sure you walk around all day as sometimes they have pop-up street performances that a fun for the kids to watch. The only real drawback in the cost of the things in the park, but overall it is a fun time and worth every cent. The old time photos are a great keepsake.
  • I could stay here forever! I love this place. The attractions are great and so are all the staff members that make the park feel like you are stepping back in time. My friend and I recently went and saw the winter wonder lights and they were great. It was great to watch all the kids and even the adults enjoy the fake snow. And of course who could not love their big beautiful Clydies! I will be back many more times and will be bringing my nephew with me when he is old enough!
  • Been a few times over the years, since I was a kid! Now im taking my son there and re living it all again! Its amazing! absolutely nothing comes close its an experience of its own with the main street filled with shops that you can purchase bits and pieces from yesteryear and get a real feel for just how far we've come! To the hands on crafts and fun activities that the kids and adults can do together as a family! bowling,candle making,panning for gold, try some old calligraphy writing in school or take a hike down a mine! It truly is an ultimate different experience and the kids will love it!
  • Sovereign Hill is always a great place to visit and it lived up to its reputation again. Underground tour was very informative and puts into perspective how hard they worked back in the day.
  • This is our family's third visit in 10 years. It just keeps getting better. The Christmas in July was exceptional. Hard to describe just how good. The staff were very friendly. The mine tour was excellent, there was gold in the creek and the musk lollies were the best!!! Special thanks to the man running the gold pour he was very accommodating and friendly. The old man spinning the gold pans in the workshop was hard to get chatting but a very skilful worker and a pleasure to watch and chat with. My favourite things were the photographers, the beam pump, the old mine inside the mine tour and hard to believe but my favourite thing was the little bush tent just to the left as you entered with the fireplace inside. We will be back again. Thanks for a great museum.

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