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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, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Awesome, something for everyone. Our boys (4 & 6) absolutely loved it here. Especially the gold mine tour, the candle making and horse 'n' cart ride, well worth the extra money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Certainly worth the visit. The kids had fun panning for gold and making candles. There is so much to do there but you really need two days to do everything. If your are in Ballarat, this is a must see destination. The only thing that was average was the coach ride and the long queues standing in the sun which... More

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Bus trip to Sovereign Hill was with Gray Line Tours and our driver Mike was an absolute gentleman and gave a very good narrative commentary during the trip about the history of the places we passed. Sovereign Hill is set as an original gold mining town complete with everyone dressed in colonial clothing which was very impressive. The streets are... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Interesting to an a certain extent. Way over priced at $50 per adult. Have been to much better set ups around the world for less than 1/2 the price and Old San Diego town was a free admission experience. $30 I believe would be a more better price . Won't be coming again .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Great place we were there about 5 years ago and now we decided to bring our two toddlers along. Great experience you can really get the feeling of being in that erra.costly to get in but money well spent. Once in the suverniers are reasonably priced

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We had a great time here two days in a row. Really friendly staff, interesting things to learn and do, great food and just all around fun. We still didn't see all we wanted to and I will be back for the pasties!

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Deep in the heart of Ballarat, one of Victoria's most historic cities, you will be transported back to the way it was during the height of the gold rush in the 1850s. Cobblestone streets, digger's camp sites, blacksmith's sheds together with locals in period dress re-enacting scenes from ordinary life. Visit the Old Theatre house for a live performance, take... More

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is a very educational place to visit it gives you a good look into the history of the gold rush period of Victoria. We found it very well set up and a pleasant to spend the day. Just have in mind that if visiting during school holidays and weekends it can become very crowded.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This was a must do in Ballarat. Great atmosphere, activities, food and thoroughly enjoyable for our whole family

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Colombo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Very interesting place to be. We went with family. Nice experience how they discovered gold and even Chinese has come to mine gold there. If you go to Melbourne, it's a must place to be. If you are planning to go there in just one day, better go very early as there are so many things to see. Better if... More

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