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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 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
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KL
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

It's a long journey from Melbourne and we were late...they close at 4.30pm which was too early...nice place but we didn't get to do much coz we arrive at one plus....

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Only was able to spent a few hours here wish it could had been longer. There is so many activities you will ever get bored. We loved the mine tours, coach trip and blood on the southern cross, this is extra though but well worth. The staff are wonderful and really helpful, they really give you the opinion they want... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

So many things to see and great entertainment for the kids. Even on a cold day in winter we enjoyed our visit.

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Mackay
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a ball at Sovereign Hill. My only advice is make sure you are there at opening time so you can fit everything in before closing time.

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lower hutt
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23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Enjoyable and gives you good understanding of the early gold rush times. Some thing kids really enjoy, my son loved probably the best the real working class rooms that have Australian children go there to get an understating of what the early days would have been like. My son was horrified that school was like that back then. Made him... More

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Brisbane
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We loved the Christmas in July celebrations, the laser light show and "snow". It was the highlight of our visit. The weather was VERY cold but it was lovely to see some characters walking around the streets in their authentic winter period costumes. Every building had an open fire place which was much appreciated! I was a little disappointed that... More

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Virginia, US
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Take a tour down under ground into an original gold mine; watch candy being hand made; visit the quaint stores and rough tents of the gold miners. Great for kids and history buffs.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

History comes alive they say in the ads and it is true Sovereign hill has always been a great day out

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Ballarat
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My experience at Sovereign Hill is in stark contrast to that of "GreenHighlighter". I must say that when I visited Sovereign Hill today (Tuesday 22nd July) I also had Sam as a guide and he was just fantastic! When he arrived he gave us such a warm welcome and really interacted well with my children! He was asking them lots... More

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NZ
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

So expensive!! Not really value for money and the light show in evening was more again. Seemed like a real touristy attraction

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