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Sovereign Hill

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5337 1100
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Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Gold Mining Town Day Trip From Melbourne
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Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Day Tour with Optional Wildlife Park from Melbourne
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At Sovereign Hill, the story of an important time and place in Australian History, and the people who lived it, lives on. An internationally acclaimed tourist attraction, Sovereign Hill prides itself on its close attention to detail found in every aspect of this living, outdoor museum. Sovereign Hill is a glimpse of the vigour and excitement of life on Australia’s 1850s goldfields. Visitors can find real gold in the creek – gold pans are provided and it’s ‘finders keepers’, see $150,000 worth of molten gold poured into a gleaming bar, and take in the rich program of activities, shows and demonstrations. On Main Street there are working shops, hotels and a theatre – all based on original Ballarat businesses. Visitors are able to watch goldfields tradespeople in action and take a ride around the township in a horse-drawn coach. For the brave hearted, journey underground on a gold mine tour.
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  • Average6%
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  • Terrible1%
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“panning for gold” (296 reviews)
“candle making” (123 reviews)
“gold pour” (116 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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+61 3 5337 1100
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Dropped in on the way back from the Grampians. Not cheap entry ticket ($57) but a well done living museum. visited a couple in my life and this one is up there. If you’ve got kids you could probably waste a whole day here or,...More

Thank drc225
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's a great exploration in to the past. Young kids are filled with the noise and atmosphere of days gone by. The rifle shooting, muscat firing steam powered engines, panning for gold, experiencing a gold pour and clothing of the period worn around town make...More

Thank Tim G
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I will be honest, this place far far exceeded my expectations. We took our 3 girls aged 10,8,8 We stayed overnight at the accommodation at sovereign hill. The total cost including 2days entry and 1 night accommodation was $380. That is for 5people. I find...More

Thank Shaun S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed Sovereign Hill far more than we expected to as we thought it was more of a place for kids and families. But we had a great day there and really liked that it is set up as a working town. We enjoyed the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

There is a lot to do here for all ages. Unfortunately it was school holiday time when we went, so it was very busy with many queues, so we couldn't do all of it. But there is plenty to see above ground and the reconstruction...More

Thank David H
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Suited for kids of all ages and grown ups also. A lot of detail and research had been put into the making of this village. From the old mining methods, shop fronts and buildings to the staff dressed in period correct...More

Thank rwandrew
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A site lovingly and faithfully built to be as close to an exact replica of the 1800's Ballarat gold rush era - when compared to pictures and paintings from the time they are precisely the same! They have a number of underground mine tours to...More

Thank C_and_J_Lewis
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely would recommend to families. So many activities from mine tours to panning for gold. We spent two full days here and still had things we could do on the second day. Loved the costumed people walking the streets, they allow photos and talk to...More

Thank ValSmi
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Sovereign H, Manager at Sovereign Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi ValSmi, Thank-you for your review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us, especially the gold panning. We hope to see you again soon. Have a great day, The Sovereign Hill Team

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great day for the whole family, makes sure you also book in for blood on the southern cross that is a show in the evening. Also make sure you arrive early and book your tours so that you don't miss out.

Thank Tom S
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Sovereign H, Manager at Sovereign Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Tom S, Thank-you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon. Have a great day, The Sovereign Hill Team

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent the whole day wondering the streets and then also attended the night show. It was marvellous to see so many volunteers dressed in period costume, All had a smile and were only too willing to tell stories of the era to young & old....More

Thank SHIRLEY C
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Sovereign H, Manager at Sovereign Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Shirley C, Thank-you so much for your review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us, especially our retail shops. We hope to see you again soon. Have a great day, The Sovereign Hill team

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Joyce N
February 16, 2018|
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Response from Ben P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no idea, we drove there,they were so professional I would be very surprised if they didn’t. The local Ballarat Tourist information centre was excellent and very, very personal and extremely helpful.
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July 28, 2017|
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Response from Faye H | Reviewed this property |
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Response from MariposaFirefly25 |
There are two different types of mine tours at Sovereign Hill. The Red Hill Mine is a self-guided tour with the voice of a Cornish miner to walk you through and tell you about the mine and its history. This tour is free and... More
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