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! 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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  • August 16, 2017
    We arrived during the Christmas in July festival which was good. Plenty to see, a full days worth. Very quaint goldrush era village.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    You could spend the day there, there is so much to see and do. Bring the whole family, there are things for everyone. Sovereign Hill now hosts school classes for a 2-3 day experience, what a brilliant...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Spent a day and evening here with my friend and her family. What a great place loads to see and do. Plenty of demonstrations going on around the place. Went on a mine visit to. At night the Christmas ...  more »
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  • Nothing like going back to somewhere you'd been to as a kid and NOT being disappointed. It was just as good, with plenty of activities, lots of history and people in costume. The costumed people were wonderful. We saw several little 'scenes' where they interacted with each other while in character. Also the demonstrations were very informative and fun, especially the sweet making where the man explained the process while showing the crowd. He was great with the kids in the audience, keeping their attention the whole time. We'll be back soon as there was too much for one day ☺
  • Amazing experience with a lot of things to do. You really feel like you are back into time. The staff are wearing all the nice and lovely old clothes and they were extremely informative and friendly. Lots and lots of things to explore and discover. Love this place.
  • The ticket is really expensive. It's not big but its a beautiful place and good for taking photos. You can attend a show which the staffs will demonstrate how to melt a gold. The most funny thing is that you can try to find nugget in the river. Also, you can pay extra money to take the tram going underground to know more about the history and working condition of the workers in the mine in the past.
  • Great day out for family's or for those like me with a live of social and industrial history. Not the cheapest museum but as it really needs a full day to see it all properly and do the underground mine tour it was well worth it. Ticket also includes reviews entry the following day if you missed anything and entry to the Gold museum across the street which continues the story of gold mining in Ballarat area in a little more depth. To complete the story/fill in few gaps I'd suggest a visit to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka for the in depth story of the Eureka Stockade and to see the original southern cross flag.
  • Love this place. Love the people and the atmosphere. I have been more than five times and see something new every time. I love the attention to detail and all the small interactions between the actors and people. This place can get quite pricy with all the food and souvenirs.

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