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Sovereign Hill

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
03 5337 1199
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Ranked #2 of 21 Attractions in Ballarat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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Caloundra, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Entertaining and educational for all ages. Many choices and one day is not enough to take it all in so we went back for a second day which is included in the entry fee.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

travel back to the past in ballarat! learn about the history of gold miners from the many tours. indulge in cam whoring with old street and building, as well as people dressed up in costumes. get lucky with digging up gold flakes in the river. and have fun with the old school bowling alley. overall, a great place to spend... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We had a great time. We struggled to keep our 3 yr old interested, more for 6+yr olds. Both our kids (3&7) enjoyed kryal castle better but its definitely worth visiting. Entry price was very expensive, so was the food so pack your own to save $45 - $60. A few chicken nuggets and chips for the kids were $10ea,... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We spent a full day here followed by the night blood on the southern cross show. the children had fun colouring candles, playing bowls, and panning for gold!!

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Echuca, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Great way to wear the kids out and Nan. Went a few years ago with my older boys on school camp - had a great time with the girls.

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Longford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Although we thought the entrance fee was a little steep we enjoyed our history lesson in Australia's early days. From the lady in the tent knitting and cooking her meal for that night to the now famous sausage rolls at the bakery we enjoyed the lot

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Great variety of activities which kids (8yo) enjoyed incuding gold panning (they found several grains - I think they scatter them in the recirculating stream daily) and my son really enjoyed dressing up as a soldier and going in the parade. I understand some such as the traditional pantomime are only during school holidays. Though worthwhile it was expensive.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We went in July for the Christmas celebrations and it was wonderful! Have never been disappointed here. It really felt like Christmas and the light show was wonderful. We will make this a regular family tradition. Local hotels also offer specials which include the admission cost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Loves the old buildings, the way the staff were dressed in period costume.We went with friends and their children who had a great time. They particularly enjoyed themine shaft. The real down side is the expense, how can a normal family afford to visit here, with the entry fees alone really over the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I have visited Sovereign Hill three times over 20 years and it just gets better with every visit. This time we brought our children - 12, 11, and 4 years and spent a fun packed day that left us all happily exhausted! We bought a Gold Class ticket for $207 for the family. In addition to all the extras we... More

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