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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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It was a great time when travelling with a group of teenagers. The staff stayed in character at all times which gave us all a giggle (hearing we could purchase in the shops with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Terrigal, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

It was a great time when travelling with a group of teenagers. The staff stayed in character at all times which gave us all a giggle (hearing we could purchase in the shops with steam engine powered EFTPOS & our girls being told to cover their legs as they were in shorts). We particularly loved the staff in the candle... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

We took our 2 grandkids to see this and they along with us both had an amazing time, even the museum across the road was very interesting a must do when in Ballarat

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Do the Light and Sound Show. It is well worth it. We had the day there, came back for dinner, then saw the show. It gives a different way to look at how things happened.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Book on line and print out your tickets, it saves the hour long queue. You could easily spend a whole day here, but our kids (5 & 8) tired after a few hours. But we saw the red coats, had a school lesson, wrote with nibs, panned for gold, had a pint and played in the bowling alley. There were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

We throughly enjoyed our 2 days. All the staff were professional and helpful. The kids enjoyed the bowling and gold panning. Great to try see them enjoying activities without technology and big rides. Underground gold mine tours were a favourite.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We arrived about 10.30 and still didn't get to see everything by the time it closed at 5pm. We took everybody's advice and booked our dress up photo as soon as we arrived and the gold mine tour straight after that. We went on the last weekend of Victoria's Easter hols and it wasn't very crowded :) Kids loved going,... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Good reconstruction of a mining village of the gold rush, very alive, with real people in old fashioned clothes, very convincing. Just a bit too expensive.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Pros: Something really different, educational - fun for kids and adults - love the amount of staff/volunteers roaming the streets and their ability to be 'in character' all times you could see the pride they take in their roles - shows/activities to do throughout the day - we ate at the smaller bakery (not the New York one) and had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Lots of things to do, all employees were friendly and seemed to want to be there, amenities good. Would have liked a photo in old attire but very expensive @ $80! Disappointed we couldn't use our raa discount insure as we had to pre book and bring print out (but no access to printer in holiday house :-()

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Great place to spend a day. Bring your own food. $6 for a sandwich is a bit steep. But that aside, the depiction of our early years is very impressive. Makes you glad you were born in the 20th / 21st century. Times would have been tough. Miners in the area lived to around 30 - 35. Usually died from... More 

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