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Sovereign Hill

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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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I went with my adult son, and thought it would be a bit cheesy. We were both pleasantly surprised. We really enjoyed the day, especially the underground tours. So much that we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Rosewood, Australia
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Rosewood, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I went with my adult son, and thought it would be a bit cheesy. We were both pleasantly surprised. We really enjoyed the day, especially the underground tours. So much that we went on two of them. The light and sound show should not be missed. The staff were great, and really entertaining. The whole visit was a wonderful way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

As a stiff judge of value for money i feel that i really have to mention Sovereign Hill. I felt it was worth the admission price with plenty to fill a full 7 hour day....and that is without us even getting around to visiting the included gold museum. Friendly informative 'character' staff and a really authentic feeling town. Cant comment... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Sovereign Hill is a fun day for all the family, there are so many things to see and experience. The horse and cart rides through the town. Candle dipping, and having a go at gold panning. The underground mines are interesting and hold alot of history. All the staff are friendly and helpful. The answer your questions and interact with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I really wanted to like this, because I love history and these projects to preserve ìt. My comments can be inferred from my suggestions to the non-profit organization: Have more people to wander and engage the customers in dialogue about the era. (There are probably locals who would volunteer to do that, so it would not increase the price.) Include... More 

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Wyong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

we arrived here around 10.30am the place was pumping with lots of people in period costumes.all the people who worked here where very friendly.there where kids in costume being in a group of kids at school with their teacher..it was so coolThis place is big you need at least 4/5 hours to get around..price wise it is typical of a... More 

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Camden, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This place takes you back in time to the Gold Rush in the late 1800's. It is brilliantly done and so authentic. The staff are friendly and knowledgable. The attractions are very well preserved and presented. There is so much to see and the photo opportunities are endless. A must do in Ballarat.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best well-kept "gold mining town" in Australia that I've come across. Whenever I've friends visiting the region, I would ask them not to go pass this place. It's a great place for both kids & adults. Everything there appears real, the goods sold are unique and antique, can't get anywhere else. The costumes, the bakery,... More 

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Gold Coast
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My wife is Japanese and she enjoyed Sovereign Hill tremendously. It exceeded her expectations. She thought it was going to be a Disneyland style set up...so was surprised at how "real" it was. She liked the way the on site staff dressed in period costume and talked to each other in the language of the day to try and bring... More 

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Bribie Island, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a unique experience stepping back in time by more than a century, and seeing what it was like for our early settlers, and gold miners. Their hardships, ill treatment, and lucky gold strikes makes for fascinating viewing. Authentic dress and shops with lots of desirable treasures an added bonus. The night time re enactment of the Eureka Stockade,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We live locally and love taking family and friends to Sovereign Hill when they visit. The sound and light show - Blood on the Southern Cross is especially impressive. Our last visit was with granchildren aged 3 and 5; they loved it - candle making, baby animals, the bowling alley, the soldiers, the pantomime and the underground mine trip.

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