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Blood on the Southern Cross

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Address: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5337 1199
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‘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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This show is well worth the money. Is informative and very interesting! Has some great surprises along the way.... Only down side was it was SO cold!!!! I recommend lots of layers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Elly-Mai M
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This show is well worth the money. Is informative and very interesting! Has some great surprises along the way.... Only down side was it was SO cold!!!! I recommend lots of layers to keep warm! The vibe of the group was great, every individual participant was intently focused and the staff working helped build the atmosphere immensely. Staff were chatty,... More 

Thank Elly-Mai M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly recommend for all ages. The guides were wonderful, friendly and formative. The grounds of Sovereign Hill are kept so immaculate. I truly felt like I was back in time of the gold rush whilst walking through the shops and the grounds.

Thank Träčÿ H
Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Positives: interesting, I learnt a lot, extremely helpful and attentive staff and well done sets Negatives: lacking in "oomph"; my family all left feeling underwhelmed. Like other reviewers have pointed out, some actors would have greatly improved the show. Or move in keeping with the "lights and sound" show, even projections of people- even silhouettes! It was also very cold,... More 

Thank Rachel_Syd
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Entertaining enough, but had some boring parts to the show and wished there was human acting as the specials effects wore bit thin after awhile, as found hard to hear at times. Expected more by the pamphlet. Staff were very friendly and where always on hand to guide or help.

Thank kimasarbie
Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This show was well presented but was quite drawn out and perhaps 2 rather than 3 venues would be timely. Due to the content and loud noises, it really is only suitable for children 8+ but there were many young children who yelled or cried through the show which detracted from it. We were amused to see the young man... More 

Thank petfam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I did the dinner & show package which I think was worth the extra money. The meal was surprisingly good for a 2 course alternating plate affair, generous portion sizes and it was a bit fun to be in the park while it was "closed". The show itself was great, the middle section I felt was very... More 

Thank DW_aus
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We saw this on New Years Eve, and felt it did not quite live up to the hype. I felt it was too long, mainly due to having to move to 3 different staging areas, losing something in transit. The final venue was by far the most impressive, and maybe the whole story could be told here alone. Also, a... More 

Thank Beefster61
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When you have a great Australian story like Eureka Stockade and all the history that goes with it I understand the desire to make a theatrical show out of it. Unfortunately Sovereign Hill's attempt of bringing this story to life is nothing short of pathetic. If this has been running for 20 years it's time to change it up. Please... More 

Thank Brent K
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

We went for the dinner and show package and the dinner was delicious and worth the extra cost! The sound and light show was good, not the best one I have been too (I highly recommend the sound and light show at the Warrnambool Maritime Museum). It was a good way of making the eureka stockade story accessible for everyone... More 

Thank Danielle R
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The sound and light show is worth watching. Very well presented. Take a coat with you as this is an outdoor event. Book the earlier show as the later show may be too late for the little one. Highly recommended.

Thank SIanchong

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