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Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

Must see · Historic Site · History Museum
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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  • Fun day out at Sovereign Hill with family. The place is very well designed and it takes you back to the Gold Rush period... complete with actors in costumes, decked up cavalry and a pirate ship play.....  more »
  • Trying to book winter wonder lights accomodation for 2021 and the hotel won’t allow you to leave a credit card and pay on arrival like we have the past years for this event, when asking customer...  more »
  • Close enough to faultless. Great value for money. I did the free subsurface mining tour (excellent), and one of the paid ones. For $8 dollars it was really good – I highly recommend it. Don’t forget.....  more »
  • Loved visiting Sovereign Hill again. It's a been a few years and it's still a great place to take the kids. Lots of things to do and see. The weather wasn't the best when we visited but we were still able to see lots of the attractions and exhibits. Kids loved the gold panning, horse rides and getting dressed up for an old colonial photo. (Photo around $80.00) but well worth the price.
  • Loved going to sovereign hill. Lots of things to see and do. Great gift shops and friendly service. Good value for money as well. People dressed up in old fashioned clothing was a nice touch too. Will definitely come back.
  • Fantastic place to take the family or just for a day out. Lots of great things to see and do. Definitely check out the gold panning, mine tours, gold pour and lolly making. If you have time and it fits in with your budget the sound and light show in the evening is amazing. We stayed at the hotel on site which made for a bit if extra fun and very easy to slip back to the room for a rest during the day.
  • Very nice place, definitely worth the drive (from Melbourne). Lots of people dressed up in old fashioned clothing. Lots of activities to do. Great for kids as well as adults. You can go down into an underground mine and see the tools used!
  • Fun for all ages. I remember going as a kid and had to go back for a walk down memory lane. The authenticity is truly remarkable and I recommend taking part in all activities! Start with a booking for the photography as this fills up quickly, then book yourself a mine tour. Cruise around the rest of the attractions and enjoy taking it all in.

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