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Sovereign Hill

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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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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Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Friendly and polite staff. Chinese base camp, gold panning, gold mine tour, candle making, horse cart riding, and many more activities to see for a day trip, winter wonderlights at 5:45pm was the best attraction. Blood on the southern cross was good too, but could...More

Thank matjo17
Reviewed 2 days ago

When I went there it was midweek which was different to going on a weekend when a lot more people usually go. The staff at Sovereign Hill who work there or who are volunteers in the various shops or who are walking around are friendly...More

Thank christinedrossinis
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had such a fabulous visit to this wonderful iconic Australian tourist attraction. Can totally understand why it won its best Aussie tourist attraction award last year 2016. Step back in time to a classic gold mining town. A wonderful living museum. There are various...More

Thank SammyJWatson
Reviewed 4 days ago

I love, love, love this place. The eagerness, enthusiasm and zest the staff have for their jobs is THE BEST. Friendly and obliging. Beautifully presented and maintained. Attention to detail in everyway. Blood on the Southern Cross is fantastic, and Xmas in July is sensational....More

Thank cindy b
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Winter wonder lights is spectacular. It is during 1-30 Jul this year in 2017. It s worth to visit. They starts the show after sunset, let say from 5.45 pm till 7 pm. The tip is best to go in the morning to enjoy the...More

Thank 10th
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful day, it was very cold and the fake snow falling add to the charm, we stayed for the winter wonder lights, fantastic. A must to take the kids. Carol singers Christmas decorations all around. The light show was spectacular. The pantomimes...More

Thank Debbie N
Sovereign H, Manager at Sovereign Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for your review, we're pleased to hear you had a wonderful day and evening at Sovereign Hill.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited here many times and this latest was the first with disappointment! Last year my wife and I did a VIP package which was fabulous. This year we treated family members to the VIP pack. All was good except the Devonshire tea, we...More

Thank David W
Sovereign H, Manager at Sovereign Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback on our Winter Wonderlights program and visit to Sovereign Hill. We were delighted that you enjoyed your visit and loved our Winter Wonderlights. We are note that you felt our VIP Devonshire Tea offering in the Marquee was disappointing. The...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you haven't taken the kids before to Sovereign Hill put this Christmas in July activity on your must do list. Not only will the kids love it but so will you. It is educational including many interesting things to do such as gold panning,...More

Thank garyrU7172XN
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful couple of days at Sovereign Hill. (Your one day entry can be utilised over two days which we strongly recomend) We booked on line for the 5 of us. The July Wonderlights experience is fantastic. We arrived at Sovereign Hill about...More

Thank Steve H
Sovereign H, Manager at Sovereign Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind review. Sounds like you made the most out of your visit and enjoyed some wonderful Sovereign Hill activities. The mine tours are great experiences to learn what life was like for miners in the 1800s, sounds like you went on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A great outing on the brisk, bracing Ballarat winter nights. From sunset for a couple of hours the Main Street is lit with a wonderful light display transforming the buildings. The carol singers arrive and then the snow starts to fall, completing the magic. Only...More

Thank EJoyceC007
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Fransiska L
26 June 2017|
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Response from MariposaFirefly25 |
There are two different types of mine tours at Sovereign Hill. The Red Hill Mine is a self-guided tour with the voice of a Cornish miner to walk you through and tell you about the mine and its history. This tour is free and... More
28 November 2016|
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Response from 348elsie | Reviewed this property |
Sixty years and over. it helps if you have a senior's card.