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Sovereign Hill

Address: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number: 03 5337 1199
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$125*
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Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Day Tour with...
89%
Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in Ballarat
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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!
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Kids loved it, lots to do, mines are great, panning for gold should have some fake gold for fun for the kids, panning through pebbles gets a bit boring after a while. Food outlets are good, expect to pay $5.50 for a meat pie etc. $120 to get in, photo's olden day style about $94, plus food, drinks, mine tours,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Wonderfully set up to educate you on the living and working lives of the locals during the gold rush. There is so much to see and do so get there early and definitely wear your walking shoes it is very hilly and the mines are long.

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Melbourne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This was my first ever visit. It really takes you back on time, getting to see at first hand what happened all those years ago. Great feel to the place

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Mumbai
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Sovreign Hill is a must-visit for all visitors to Melbourne. It's close enough to the city to make a day trip and is amazing fun. You'll never be lost for something to do. I enjoyed all the activities they had, especially the panning for the gold and the bowling. The underground mine tours are not to be missed either, especially... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Sovereign Hill offers families lots to see and do for the one entry price. The "extra" mine tours are fun but not necessary if you budget is tight as the Red Hill Gold Mine tour (which is free) was probably better than the paid one. 9 pin bowling, the Chinese camp, panning for gold and the gold pour were highlights.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Sovereign Hill was throughly enjoyable, we went for the Australia day public holiday. Our 6yo fell over and grazed her leg badly, the first aid staff member at the "post office" was brilliant in not only cleaning the graze and putting on a bandage, but managing to get her giggling and stop crying. We then seen the same staff member... More 

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london
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Sovereign hill is ok to visit for a couple of hours. Unfortunately over priced at $49, we used a 10% of coupon from a local tourist magazine which we found from our camp site. To visit the gold mine within Sovereign Hill it's an additional $7.50. Also extra for a horse and cart ride. If in the area it is... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Fantastic day out for all the family! We bought the gold pass for $24 extra and came here two days in a row, as there was so much to do and see. Too much to see in one day. You must do a mine tour! We took sandwiches as found the food on the expensive side. The whole thing was... More 

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Melbourne South
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Excellent day out,for adults and children. The terrain Not really appropriate for wheel chairs and prams. Some few steps. Would benefit to have a grassed park like area for picnics and for younger children to run and play.Make up and sell picnic baskets for lunches or morning afternoon tea etc, at an affordable price.

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Adelaide, South Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Good value with plenty to do and see. We went during school holidays but it was not too crowded. Souvenirs/giftware was reasonably priced and all staff friendly and welcoming.

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