Historical Attractions

Sovereign Hill Ballarat

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Sovereign Hill
Bradshaw Street
Ballarat
VIC
3350
Tel: 03 5337 1199

Where are we going today?

The Goldrush Days are some of the most iconic in Australian history, and at Sovereign Hill the whole family can immerse themselves in the story!

Sovereign Hill is Australia's foremost outdoor museum, and actually re-creates the first ten years in Ballarat after the first discovery of gold.

Kids - do you know when that was? Well, it was all the way back in 1851, and if you didn't know that, then that's all the more reason to visit - so you can learn all these fun facts!

During the day, Sovereign Hill lets you step right back into history, and experience the hustle and bustle of Main Street. You can interact with costumed men and women as they parade around their new-found wealth (it rose very quickly when they hit their fortunes!), and you can even pan for gold yourself and try and find your OWN fortune!

During the evening, they put on an amazing sound and light show that tells the story of the 1854 Eureka Uprising.  See - even the light show lets you keep learning!

There are SO many things to do with kids at this historic attraction. You can see an incredible $100,000 gold pour, or venture underground as part of a fully-guided mine tour. There is a fascinating Gold Museum, or you can enjoy a horse-drawn coach and check out the time!

Fancy some shopping? You can 1850's style! There are hotels to visits, and schools to experience (we bet they are quite different to what you are used to now!)

Sovereign Hill is also a great way to see the different trades people would have had - from candlemakers, wheelwrights and confectioners!

Get ready to step back in time...the Goldrush is waiting! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree entry. Gold Museum $12.50
  • ChildrenFree entry. Gold Museum $6.60 (Ages 5 to 15)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Museum: 9:30am - 5:30pm daily

All year round

Teachers corner

There are great interactive experiences for students! They have a number of programs for you to choose from, so have a look then book away! .

I'm Hungry!

There are cafes, bakeries and hotels to eat in to fill up those tummies!.

Healthy Eating!

They have healthy options at the cafes and hotels..

Any Top Tips?

There are 18 scheduled activities that occur daily. When you arrive, see what is on, and when, so you don't miss out!.

Doing our bit

They have really preserved an amazing part of Victorian history - and allow you to learn about it as you experience it!.

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs just give them a call and see how they can help .

Can I get one of those?

There are plenty of shops for you to buy some gifts and educational items!.

More information

You can have birthday parties at Sovereign Hill! There are two packages to choose from, and it's a great way to enjoy a super cool themed birthday! .

What people are saying?

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    If you plan on going, give it the whole day. The place is massive, and to get involved in some of the activities, you need a complete day, or return the following day. Especially if you are interested in our history. Coming from the West, was unaware of the real saga of the rebellion.
    Do yourself a favour and try the apple pie/sausage roll combo from the Bakery! Awesome!!!!
    Wear some good walking shoes, you will them.
    Pricing of products made on site are very reasonable, if not cheap!
    Stay to the end and get the musicians singing some old colonial...Read More

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    This was by far the most memorable 'theme park' experience. There is something to do and see for all ages. Plenty of free entertainment, however, if there is one paid experience that I'd recommend, it is the olden days portrait.

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    It was really cool to see the olden days amd my daughter Amy recieved a messege from writing(?)teacher. She also found some golden powder.

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    This was by far the most expensive thing we did on our trip to Victoria, but it will also be by far the most memorable thing we did.

    The whole family had a great time walking the streets, interacting with the costumed characters, riding the coach, taking the mine tour, panning for gold, taking school lessons - and don;t forgot how lucky we were with going during the Christmas in July performance.

    Snow down the streets, beautifully lit up displays, a wonderful Christmas Dinner and the fantastic Blood Under the Southern Cross show.

    The highlight...Read More

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    My young family & I spent Sunday the 13/07/2014 at this wonderful Victorian establishment. My daughter (5 yrs) was always asking about the "Olden Days" so "I said OK, Off to Sovereign Hills" it was awesome when I was a kid so could it be still as good. YES, awesome the Mines are so interactive almost something from a theme park. The buildings and streets-capes so well maintained, as for the staff AAA+++ (MOST ARE VOLUNTEERS). The Christmas in July Theme was just perfect for all especially the light show at dusk with snow, carolers, fire pits dotted...Read More

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by Stephen Lane

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If you plan on going, give it the whole day. The place is massive, and to get involved in some of the activities, you need a complete day, or return the following day. Especially if you are interested in our history. Coming from the West, was unaware of the real saga of the rebellion.
Do yourself a favour and try the apple pie/sausage roll combo from the Bakery! Awesome!!!!
Wear some good walking shoes, you will them.
Pricing of products made on site are very reasonable, if not cheap!
Stay to the end and get the musicians singing some old colonial songs!

by Travis Markwick

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This was by far the most expensive thing we did on our trip to Victoria, but it will also be by far the most memorable thing we did.

The whole family had a great time walking the streets, interacting with the costumed characters, riding the coach, taking the mine tour, panning for gold, taking school lessons - and don;t forgot how lucky we were with going during the Christmas in July performance.

Snow down the streets, beautifully lit up displays, a wonderful Christmas Dinner and the fantastic Blood Under the Southern Cross show.

The highlight of the entire trip - and I believe that the tickets now last for 2 days so you can check things you might have forgotten (or didn't get around to the first day).

by Adam Wright

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My young family & I spent Sunday the 13/07/2014 at this wonderful Victorian establishment. My daughter (5 yrs) was always asking about the "Olden Days" so "I said OK, Off to Sovereign Hills" it was awesome when I was a kid so could it be still as good. YES, awesome the Mines are so interactive almost something from a theme park. The buildings and streets-capes so well maintained, as for the staff AAA+++ (MOST ARE VOLUNTEERS). The Christmas in July Theme was just perfect for all especially the light show at dusk with snow, carolers, fire pits dotted around the town, decorations, lanterns and festive stalls!! I hope it grows to be bigger and better each year! We will be back!

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