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Address: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 5337 1199
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Worth a whole days visit

This is the highest quality outdoor museum, with numerous very interesting and high quality places to see, an absolutely fascinating setting, with many houses and shops set up in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the highest quality outdoor museum, with numerous very interesting and high quality places to see, an absolutely fascinating setting, with many houses and shops set up in a wholly realistic fashion. The guides are excellent in every way. This is worth travelling some considerable distance to see.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Revisited for the first time in 30+ years and discovered Sovereign Hill to be very much the same, but somehow different (and mostly for the better). The attractions are put together well, including the interactive presentations (like the day in school, rifle demonstrations, coach ride, gold pouring and the doctor's visit), so I quite enjoyed them as much as my... More 

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Cootamundra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place..kids loved it..very friendly staff..great reactments. Lots of things to see and do..gold panning was great fun..only downside was that we payed alot to get in..and then the attractions charged more..hurts the budget a bit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there a few years back and had a great time. Intending to get ale kids again now they are a bit older. A fun place for the whole family.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I and our 12 year old son recently enjoyed the day here. It is fairly exposed in the heat and there is a large area to walk around so try to go on a mild day. We all enjoyed the history and activities. It is very well set up and presented and you can take a long... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum. There is so much to see and do that I would recommend a 2 day visit. All the staff are in period costume and this really adds to the history of the place. We learnt so much about the gold rush days and the story of Ballarat. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really worth a visit . Very well done and learn a lot of history. It's a great family day out. Go down a mine and experience how it used to be

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Dover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've just spent a long weekend in Ballarat so had a two day pass for here . While the pass was expensive especially as there was 4 adults it was worth it .We arrived to late on the first day to go in but had the evening meal and light show which was very good but I would say it's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a great place to spend at least a day. You get out of it what you put into it. Don't just be an observer, get in there and get involved. Old fashioned school classes for the kids, real gold panning, underground mine tours, old fashioned candy making. It is hilly and dusty so wear appropriate clothing. Some tours... More 

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Kangaroo Flat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we took overseas visitors to Sovereign Hill, although we had been some years ago, we were not disappointed, there is still a lot to see and do here, a very enjoyable day, visitors panned for gold with some success.

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