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Address: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 5337 1199
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s...

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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Great day out for family

My husband and I and our 12 year old son recently enjoyed the day here. It is fairly exposed in the heat and there is a large area to walk around so try to go on a mild day. We... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I and our 12 year old son recently enjoyed the day here. It is fairly exposed in the heat and there is a large area to walk around so try to go on a mild day. We all enjoyed the history and activities. It is very well set up and presented and you can take a long... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum. There is so much to see and do that I would recommend a 2 day visit. All the staff are in period costume and this really adds to the history of the place. We learnt so much about the gold rush days and the story of Ballarat. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really worth a visit . Very well done and learn a lot of history. It's a great family day out. Go down a mine and experience how it used to be

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Dover, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've just spent a long weekend in Ballarat so had a two day pass for here . While the pass was expensive especially as there was 4 adults it was worth it .We arrived to late on the first day to go in but had the evening meal and light show which was very good but I would say it's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place to spend at least a day. You get out of it what you put into it. Don't just be an observer, get in there and get involved. Old fashioned school classes for the kids, real gold panning, underground mine tours, old fashioned candy making. It is hilly and dusty so wear appropriate clothing. Some tours... More 

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Kangaroo Flat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we took overseas visitors to Sovereign Hill, although we had been some years ago, we were not disappointed, there is still a lot to see and do here, a very enjoyable day, visitors panned for gold with some success.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So much fun, interesting, so much to see for kids and adults. The staff stayed in character the whole time, that you ended up feeling like you were living in the Goldrush era.

Thank Kimberley M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can be a gold treasure hunt here. Mana attractions can be done and you have to spend a whole day here. Enjoy your day with friends or family.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent half a day here and could easily have spent longer here. About 10 minutes after arriving it started raining but that didn't stop us panning for gold with our girls who were having so much fun. We explored the mine which is about 15 minutes and was pleased the ladder was not as bad as I thought it... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You need a whole day maybe 2 to do this place justice. it is fantastic, loved the street performances, the underground mine tours, the old bowling alley and we did the dress up photos as a memento. Tried the Gold panning but didn't find our fortune. The carriage rides were exciting for the kids. A really good day out. Will... More 

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