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.
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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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  • I went overnight with my Mum dad and friend a year ago and can’t stop talking about it!! So much fun I’m making a story about the time! I have always loved history! We are going up again this year too!! Can’t wait!! We are making our own dresses of the time!
  • Absolutely wonderful place to spend the day! There are delicious bakery’s, gold panning (I found quite a bit of it) candle making (you can colour your own candles!) you can have your name be on a ‘WANTED’ poster, you can make your own bath salt jar they sell amazing boiled sweets they take you on a self guided tour underground in the mines and they run a show were you get to watch someone pour gold (gold pouring) and that is only some of what you get to experience at Sovereign Hill I definitely recommend it I’d like to thank the guy at the gold panning for teaching us how to pan and even giving us a few specks of it! Thanks to all the staff for making our day wonderful!
  • Great day with lots to see and do. My wife and 10 month old daughter enjoyed just wandering around, panning for gold, catching a show and enjoying a decent lunch at New York Bakery. We nipped back to our accommodation for a rest and returned for the winter wonderland Christmas lights and although it was very very crowded we were still able to enjoy the show and finish the day with a hot chocolate. All in all a very happy Christmas in July.
  • This is an ABSOLUTE MUST regardless of age. I've seen a few lights shows and this is one of the best. SPECTACULAR. Remember it IS WINTER so rug up. Spotted TOO MANY people who looked like they didn't wear appropriate clothing. Some parts reminded me of being in Colorado in the winter, the trees full of fairy lights. I had a 7 year old with me and she said it was like being in a fairytale. Couldn't agree more.
  • Visited as a family group of 7 aged from 10 years to 67 years - from North Wales in the UK - and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was both informative and entertaining. Meals are quite expensive but perhaps that can be expected at such a centre. Panning for gold would have benefited from a member of staff being present to explain the process to our grandchildren. The 'shopkeeper' in the 'Department Store' was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic - thank you.
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