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Address: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number: 03 5337 1199
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Description: 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 visit, lots to do and see. Great eating in the restaurants as they were when gold was discovered. Great for children though lots of extras to pay for inside if wanted. Go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

not much to see and visit. mostly shopping and photograph taking activity charged at an exorbitant price. 49 aussie entry fee did not give u too many thing to do and see. the most thumb down part are the China camp and the temple, obviosly fake. i went there from Melbourne via V/line and a shuttle bus. took 4 hours... More 

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Derby, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Great visit, lots to do and see. Great eating in the restaurants as they were when gold was discovered. Great for children though lots of extras to pay for inside if wanted. Go early to avoid the crowds and get booked on the mine tours.

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Mackay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Loved the history it showed of very early Ballarat . We have it easy these days. Very well presented.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Fantastic atmosphere had so much fun here and everyone was so helpful. We had the old fashioned photo experience and Belinda was a delight. We also saw the gold poor and Ray was very funny. The lolly shop demo was good as was the tine workshop. All in all a fantastic day.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Sovereign Hill was just awesome to visit. This is a place that takes you back in time to the 1850's during the gold rush. All Staff were so polite, it was just lovely to see. The shows they put on and how they interact with visitors is just wonderful. We truly had a wonderful time, definitely a must see!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

It's been about a decade since I was last here, and while the ticket price has escalated, the amount of things to see and do has as well. The site has seen a construction boom, with a longer Main Rd, more shops and houses as well as more of a living museum feel with staff in period costumes, craft workers... More 

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Tamborine, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

What an interesting living museum. I would recommend a visit to Sovereign for both adult and child alike. It was like stepping back in time. Such fun and so much to do.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Went back to visit here after 25 years. Most impressed with improvements. Great reminder of our history and felt that could step back in time. Locals work in the shops to authenticate the experience, local schools sent children for 2 days immersion in history, dressing in old clothes. Many examples of old fashioned shooting, mining and scientific experiments. Much laughter... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The tickets are a little pricey but Sovereign Hill does recreate an authentic gold rush town experience. There are many interesting shows, including the gold smelting and afternoon show where the whole town comes to life! The gold panning experience is also very unique!

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Tyabb, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

history is really good. Have been there before I personally think it was very expensive to enter being a pensioner.

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