Sovereign Hill offers a unique insight into life in an 1850s gold mining town, as it re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune!
Sovereign Hill is a living museum with working exhibits brought to life by costumed characters and over 40 horses. Set on 25 acres of an original mining site, Sovereign Hill has an array of shops, hotels, a theatre, schools, factories, a gold diggings and underground gold mines to explore.
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 Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep!
By night, Sovereign Hill presents its spectacular, multi-million dollar sound- and-light show, ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, the dramatic story of the 1854 Eureka Uprising.
Families can also see a spectacular $150,000 gold pour, lolly making demonstrations, can catch a horse-drawn coach, see steam-driven machinery in action, try bowling, and shop 1850s style in the array of colourful shops. You can also chat with the candlemakers, wheelwrights, horse masters, and confectioners as they ply their trades.
Sovereign Hill is an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, and there is ample free and unlimited parking on-site. Since opening in November 1970, Sovereign Hill has become an Australian tourism icon, winning many major tourism awards. Most recently, Sovereign Hill was awarded the Major Attraction Award at the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards.
- Address3 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
- Categoryarts & entertainment, day trip, museums, nearby towns, outer melbourne, tourist attractions
- LocationBallarat, Greater Melbourne
- TagsBallarat, Daytrip, family, Family Fun, hot spot, SHBLOG, SOvereign Hill, Tourist Attraction
- Mon10am - 4pm
- Tue10am - 4pm
- Wed10am - 4pm
- Thu10am - 4pm
- Fri10am - 4pm
- Sat10am - 4pm
- Sun10am - 4pm
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