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Sovereign Hill

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851. By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! It’s just like stepping back in time - from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep!
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Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I hadn't been to Sovereign Hill for a few years. Took my daughter & grandson. The grandson had a ball. He spent most of his time in the school and wanted to go back there. Go figure. Too many things to say good things about...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited on a wet day but it was still a great place to visit the staff all dress up in period clothing there is loads to do and see with houses and shops and industrial buildings all set out as they were back in...More

Thank Skymanmark
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very well laid out facility and a lot of fun for all ages. The staff wearing period costume really adds to the experience.

Thank Thomas P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have just spent a wonderful day at Sovereign Hill. This was our first visit (parent and 3 year old) and we spent the entire day at Sovereign Hill as there's just so much to see and do. The old town is very realistic and...More

Thank ClareB12345
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

And some of that gold belongs to me! $136:00 of it!!!! Two adults and one teenager.... WOW!! Just to get in the door, way way tooooo expensive. That doesn't include the horse and cart ride or an underground gold tour, not even a drink. An...More

1  Thank TiaTom
Reviewed 6 days ago

we stayed at the motel and it was fantastic and comfortable ..sovereign hill was great and the gold mine was exciting and informative .

Thank prryan44
Reviewed 6 days ago

Sovereign Hill is a superb replica of the Ballaarat gold field town as it existed in the 1850s, just an hour from Melbourne. Here you can wander the streets past the apothecary, the saddler, blacksmith, confectioner, baker, post office, jeweller, bowling alley, miners' cottages, schools,public...More

Thank Jenniemaxwell
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just found some of the other visitors very rude but the staff were tolerant. Café was clean and enough variety of food and drinks., no problem finding a table. The food was tasty and well presented but a bit pricey . loved the period costumes...More

Thank elizabethsmith2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had the opportunity to visit Sovereign Hill and we have been many times previously. We had another great day with the site always trying to reinvent yet remain true to its purpose. Staff and facilities are great.

Thank Rob N
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful day at Sovereign Hill. We got the VIP passes and they were definitely worth it. We loved all the history and every staff member we came across was super helpful and friendly. We particularly enjoyed the photographs, they are a great...More

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What is the age requirements to qualify as senior discount?
28 November 2016|
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Response from 348elsie | Reviewed this property |
Sixty years and over. it helps if you have a senior's card.
Could someone please tell me what the weather will be like December?
22 September 2016|
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Response from Don S | Reviewed this property |
Weather in Ballarat is very changeable. Quite is " you can get 4 seasons in one day " In December it should be quite mild to warm. A good day , short sleeves , an average day a jersey. Don't leave the jacket too far away.
What time is blood in southern cross ?
17 July 2016|
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Response from Judy12343 | Reviewed this property |
You can also do a package that includes dinner in Sovereign Hill. I thought it added nicely to the atmosphere. The times vary. They're listed on their website. Google 'Show times and prices - Sovereign Hill' and it should... More