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! Put Sovereign Hill and other Ballarat attractions into our Ballarat trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Excellent attraction with plenty to see and do. Everything is very realistic down to small details . we went during the day and there were plenty to do, we did the candle dipping, mine tour, gold pour...  more »
  • I purchased a couple of gold passes online. This covered entry and a number of payable attractions inside the park. First off fairly easy to locate the park and loads of parking. Sovereign Hill is a r...  more »
  • Sovereignhill is a theme park build where a real gold mine once operated, during the 19th century. The streets, the buildings, people in costumes, horses, redcoat soldiers, blacksmith will really make...  more »
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  • Just spent 2 days here and had a magnificent experience. Went with a school group and did the dress up school experience. I really enjoyed getting dressed up in 1850's clothing and the kids had a ball and enjoyed their experience dressing up as school children. The staff were brilliant and so accommodating, thanks to Stephanie who was our school teacher for the 2 days and she really made kids feel comfortable for the 2 days. The kids loved how strict she was and i think they really got a lot out of the experience. The meal we had before the night show was beautifully and the show "blood under the southern cross " was brilliant.
  • Our group had an incredible time at Sovereign Hill. There was so much to see and do, I only wish we had more time. It's the perfect activity for kids! As a mom of a 6 and 11 year old, I highly recommend it! The employees at Sovereign Hill are so passionate and entertaining! Thank you Janelle and Jennifer for your hospitality. We will be back soon for some delicious Raspberry Drops and fun times at Sovereign Hill.
  • Was surprised by the steep price, but for the most part, it was worth it. The attention to detail and the historical factual knowledge of the actors made it feel like I had stepped back in time to the gold rush. Take advantage of the two day pass. There is lots to see and do. Prices for food and drinks are not prohibitive. Great place for the family.
  • It's famous for Ballarat. Stylized as in "gold-rush" times environment will make you sense those times. Orchestras, old dresses and costumes and many other things. About $50 p/p and $100 family tickets. Souvenirs shop right next to it. Good for any age. Parking bays are usually available in small amount so be aware.
  • This historical place is filled with a variety of buildings and activities for all ages. You can pine for gold, go down into the mines, play wooden bowling and create your own candles. There are several cafes and bakeries to feast on. A great place for individuals, families and large groups.

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Despite its rich history as a gold rush boomtown, Ballarat offers some of the most affordable rooms in the area. The city features a number of good-value hotels with air-conditioned suites and loads of modern amenities. Another affordable option, the area's motels often provide conveniences like barbecue facilities, secure off-street parking, and complimentary Wi-Fi. If you need more space and privacy, consider booking one of Ballarat's rental properties, which include luxury apartments, spacious townhouses, and self-contained villas.
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