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Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

Categories: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web
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! Plan your visit to Sovereign Hill and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Ballarat vacation builder.
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  • My visit to Sovereign Hill was a cold and wet one so not ideal weather. My astonishment of entry price certainly was disappointing. So if you plan a visit be prepared for a family of four to pay aroun...  read more »
  • Visiting from Europe this is a very unique place to go to; it takes you back to the days only known in Europe from movies. 
  • We unfortunately picked a cold, rainy day for our visit to Sovereign Hill, but that did not dampen our enjoyment of the place. Whilst we had a young child (5yo) who didn't understand a lot of what was...  read more »
  • Travel Back in Time!! No DeLorean required! The most awesome fun you will ever have while learning history. So much to do you will need 2 days to experience Park to the fullest. Fun and Learning for all ages.
  • Really enjoyed the experience. Loved panning for gold and seeing traditional homecrafts such as lolly making and black smithing. I didn't see the pantomimes this time so can't comment, last time I saw them they were a bit average. Loved the circus tent and FANTASTIC light show. Minor bummer was limited range of stuff to buy in the main entrance shop, little space with mainly Christmas decorations? Major bummer was your terrible large modern cafe. Silly single line meant you were waiting in a huge long queues to get one simple item. Pull your finger out and look at how this is done overseas; no one should have to wait more than 10 minutes. This is not the 1950's.
  • Wow what an amazing place!! Staff are great, prices where a bit high but understandable, mine tours are fantastic, the food in the new york hotel was spot on and the atmosphere Magical!!! You really can experience what it was like in the times of the gold rush. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • I love this place. My daughter loves it too. We had a lot of fun here. We got some tini peices of gold from gold panning. Recommend !!
  • Good for a family weekend. Kids 6 or 7+ will get the most out of it. Ours at 5 and 2.5 were a bit overwhelmed and couldn't take in the subtleties of the era. The woodworking workshop was a highlight for older people. The set up is amazing and the cartwheel exhibition was very well done.
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