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Blood on the Southern Cross

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Address: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3352, Australia
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+61 3 5337 1199

‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ is an explosive multi-million dollar...

‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ is an explosive multi-million dollar sound-and-light show like nothing you’ve ever seen before!The story of the Eureka Rebellion, a dramatic battle between gold miners and Government forces at Ballarat on 3 December, 1854, is retold nightly by ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, Sovereign Hill’s acclaimed sound-and-light spectacular.Set under the night skies at Sovereign Hill, ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ involves no actors – just voices, dazzling sound-and-light effects and a stunning open-air set. Visitors travel across the site on a comfortable transporter and view much of the action from the re-created Free Trade Hotel on the Eureka Diggings.To make the most of your ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ experience, enjoy a two-course, pre-show dinner which includes beer, wine and soft drink served at your table. Then stay overnight at Sovereign Hill!Ask about our special package deals which include day entry to Sovereign Hill, dinner, show and on-site accommodation at Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

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Unique & Informative. A good night out

Under the light of a full moon on a cold January night (yes rug up) we enjoyed a yummy and well organized dinner and were then educated by a unique and informative light and sound... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I and our 12 year old recently went to the show. We decided not to buy the dinner there. We all enjoyed the show and although we were originally not sure whether the show would be value for money we decided afterwards it was well worth the expense Our son, who is interested in history, loved the... More 

Thank limlib
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This show is fantastic!!!! We started off in the auditorium watching a video. Next we walked outside listening to and watching "the story". We then boarded a bus to another part of Sovereign Hill and sat in an undercover area where the story and lights continued. At the conclusion of the show we boarded the bus back to the main... More 

Thank Rainbowbeliefs
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Under the light of a full moon on a cold January night (yes rug up) we enjoyed a yummy and well organized dinner and were then educated by a unique and informative light and sound show about the Eureka Stockade and the birth of the Australian spirit of democracy. Well worth staying overnight in Ballarat for this experience. The kids... More 

Thank Kris B
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I last saw the show 14 years ago and was equally impressed last night seeing it again. A few changes as expected but it was marvelous from start to finish. The staff are so enthusiastic and friendly. It telss the story of our history so colourfully and with great creativity. There is just enough technology without over doing it. Worth... More 

Thank Jenny P
Castle Cove, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We added dinner and light show as part of our stay at Sovereign Hill. The dinner is held in one of the restaurants in Main Street of Sovereign Hill included a main and desert with separate kids meal. Drinks sold separately. Light shows starts in the auditorium and moves onto the digging site and then board open air buses which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had the meal before the show. My wife ordered the beef ribs and myself the pulled pork burger. Desert was toffee pudding which was not sweet but delicious. The sound and light show was our first time experiencing it. Even though live actors would have made the experience more exciting, we both enjoyed it thoroughly none the less. The... More 

Thank Mark R
Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

I had seen this show about 15years ago and thought it was better then, they had real people that were part of the show, i have seen many light show around the world and this one was very average, nothing special at all, it is also the only show i have been to that will not allow you to take... More 

Thank kazzah000
Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

The night we went was freezing cold, so needless to say it was mostly outside, and when inside, there was no heat, so we froze. They did a good job on explaining the term of Blood on the Southern Cross, but we were very disappointed that there was no live action, which would have made it a lot more interesting.... More 

Thank Marilyn C
South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

We did the light and sound show package that included the meal 45minutes before the show. They did a good job feeding the people on mass and the food was not cold and pretty good. The show starts at 8:45pm and finished around 10pm. Luck had it the weather was warm and pleasant. I am not sure it would be... More 

Thank Tim J
Seaforth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

We went to see this night time show and would highly recommend it to anyone. It is well worth seeing. It's very educational and we learnt a lot about the history of the chinese. It's a must do while in Ballarat.

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