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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  • Both of my children (now grown up) visited here on school trips so as adults we've never visited when staying in Ballarat. We spent 2.5 hours leisurely walking around and it was enjoyable. Glad we've....  more »
  • Great day to wander around with the family. Even won’t he Covid restrictions you still have plenty of reasons to stay awhile! And the price of the trinkets was acceptable.  more »
  • I visited this place in 2013 and again during my February 2020 Australian trip. Good and hokey as before but this time we went and took the optional mine tour. The tour was the highlight of the...  more »
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  • 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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