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Sovereign Hill

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
03 5337 1199
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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Ballarat
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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frankston
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Fantastic place to visit for the whole family. The only downside is the cost of admission.Once inside the price of food and drink is expensive so you are better of taking your own food. If you want to do the mine tour book early or you will miss out.

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Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We have visited Sovereign Hill every year for the past 3 years and I thought I would share my list of FREE things to do there as there for people on a budget like us. ENTRANCE: if you're an Australian resident, you can get a 10% off coupon via : RACV (or your automotive club) or via letsgokids website. If... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I spent the day with my daughter and two grand sons aged 3 and 5 exploring all the attractions on show of "the olden" days. We all enjoyed our day, and had fun having our picture taken in authentic clothes. Our day was planned around the timing of everything we wanted to see, and we managed to tick off all... More

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Portarlington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

My son, father and friends went to Sovereign Hill and although I initially thought it was quite expensive, we thoroughly got our money's worth. We got our tickets validated for the second day and spent 1.5 days seeing everything. It was a great day and well worth a visit for all ages. We also went to the Sound and Light... More

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Pakenham, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed all activities and were very happy with our photo.My granddaughter were very happy to find a few specks of gold while gold panning

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Whyalla, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We took the kids here for the day...thought they would be bored quickly but we ended up staying the whole day and not one complaint of wanting to go home. Plenty of things to do as long as you don't rush and do it all straight away. We went on a mine tour "TRAPPED", found it interesting and worthwhile. There... More

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sovereignhill_gm, General Manager at Sovereign Hill, responded to this review

Thanks for posting Astra_girl6 - glad you enjoyed your visit! I agree with your tips. We recommend that visitors book-in for mine tours upon - there are three wonderful options to select from. More

australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Authentic gold rush town with plenty of activities for adults and children, at least a full day required

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sovereignhill_gm, General Manager at Sovereign Hill, responded to this review

Thanks for your review muzza500 - there is indeed plenty to do here and we have a range of extra activities in place for the current holidays too. Did you know every general admission ticket is valid for 48hrs? More

NSW
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We went to the night show then spent a day there the following day and enjoyed it a lot. Everyone was really friendly. The night show is great though I'd argue it's still very overpriced as the vast majority of it is pre-taped audio and lighting, with only one actor live. The mine tour was excellent, the bakery food lovely... More

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Brisbane
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

The underground mine tour is really educational and relaxing. Kids can experience the classroom; writing with ink-pen.

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albuquerque
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

First visited Soveriegn at the original opening so felt right back at home. It is a bit pricey, but hey, it's a whole town at our disposal to experience the early years of Ballarat. I loved the focus on detail, whether positive or negative, and friendliness of everyone we encountered. My kids, 7 & 10, couldn't get enough of the... More

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