Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
Ever wondered what it's like to be a miner in a gold rush? Sovereign Hill recreates the experience for you. This open-air museum in Golden Point presents the area as it was after prospectors discovered gold there in 1851. As you stroll down Main Street, stop into the historically rendered metal workshops, schools, apothecary, bank, saloon, and post office and speak with historical interpreters dressed as townsfolk and prospectors from long ago. Tents and buildings invoking this past era surround the creek, where you can pan for real gold. See how to melt gold into bullion bars at the Gold Pour. You might even strike it rich, paying for your entire vacation! Put Sovereign Hill and other Ballarat attractions into our Ballarat trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
Sovereign Hill Reviews
Magical winter day on the Ballarat goldfields. So much to see and do. A wonderful interactive museum for all ages. Seems expensive when you enter, and a bargain when you leave. A Ballarat gem. more »
Was initially worried it might have been a tacky and touristy fake village. But far from it. This is like a real walk down the main street in the 1800s. more »
This was one of my highlight experiences in Victoria, a definitely must see. Photos don’t do it justice and it definitely needs one to spare few hours. Best tip would be to try and go during a more colder day. It was still a great joy though as it’s built and executed with amazing attention to detail.
Great place, so much to do for adults and kids. awesome new playground with a ship! Find your own gold, go down a mine, do some bowling, take a coach ride, see soldiers firing muskets. Just too much to mention. Definitely need 2 days here, but it's all good bc they give you free entry on your second day! Bring your walking shoes, a hat 🎩 and get ready to enjoy.
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