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Sovereign Hill is just like stepping back in time to gold rush Ballarat during the 1850s. From the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where visitors pan for real gold and it's 'finders keepers'.

Visitors can see a $150,000 gold pour, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and watch street performers, including the Redcoat Soldiers who march and drill before firing their muskets. Along Main Street, there are shops selling 1850s-style goods, hotels and schools to visit, and a theatre with goldfields entertainment.

For the adventurous, there are underground mine tours with an inclined tramway ride. And those with a special interest in 19th century trades can chat with the skilled craftsmen at work in the blacksmith's forge, the candle works, the wheelwright's plant, the coachbuilder's and the confectionery factory. Sovereign Hill entry also includes entry to the Gold Museum which displays a beautiful exhibition of gold and Ballarat history.

By night, Sovereign Hill presents its spectacular, multi-million dollar sound-and-light show, 'Blood on the Southern Cross', the legendary story of the 1854 Eureka Uprising, a great Australian drama. A two-course meal with drinks is also available on-site at Sovereign Hill prior to the show.

Excellent accommodation is available on-site at the recently refurbished Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill. With King Coil beds, free wireless internet and a guest bar and lounge, Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill is a popular choice for travellers.

Accommodation options range from superbly-appointed Governor's rooms, ideal for couples, to elegant Sovereign rooms for families and the corporate traveller, large, affordable Colonial units for families as well as recently refurbished, fully-accessible rooms.

Please contact Sovereign Hill or view their website for further information.

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Price & booking

Cost

Type Valid Entry cost
Adult
01/04/15 - 31/03/16 $52.50
Single Parent Family
One adult and up to three children.
01/04/15 - 31/03/16 $95.00
Concession
01/04/15 - 31/03/16 $42.00
Family
Two adults and up to four children.
01/04/15 - 31/03/16 $132.00
Child
01/04/15 - 31/03/16 $23.80
Payment methods accepted
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Situated in the historic city of Ballarat, Sovereign Hill can be accessed by car, train, and tour coaches operating from Melbourne. Sovereign Hill is a comfortable 90 minutes drive from Melbourne along the Western Highway (or only an hour from Melbourne Airport!). Once in Ballarat, just follow the brown and white tourist signs to Sovereign Hill (on Bradshaw Street) to experience living history at Sovereign Hill!

Facilities:
  • Café
  • Car park
  • Child activities
  • Coach parking
  • Conference/convention facilities
  • Access with assistance for the disabled
  • Toilet facilities for the disabled
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Picnic area
Activities:
  • Shopping
  • Self guided
Tourism awards:
  • 2014 - Victorian Tourism Awards - Winner
Opening hours:

Closed Christmas day.

  • Daily
    10:00am - 5:00pm
Memberships:
  • Inbound Tour Operators Association
  • Tourism Alliance Victoria
  • Tourism Council Australia
  • Tourism Task Force
Disabled access:
Sovereign Hill is an outdoor museum that re-creates all the action and excitement of Ballarat’s heyday during the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s.Sovereign Hill is located on a hillside and its exhibits represent Ballarat in its earliest days as an 1850s goldfields township. There are several things to be considered before visiting:All roads and paths are gravel. There is some uneven ground. Main Street at Sovereign Hill is a gentle slope; however, other areas of the site are quite steep. All roads are accessible by wheelchair, but some visitors could find the gravel surfaces difficult to manage.Underground mine tours are accessible for visitors in wheelchairs. Please enquire at the mine office on arrival for bookings. Coach rides require visitors to climb several ladder steps. Parts of Sovereign Hill have wide bluestone gutters between the timber boardwalks and gravel roads. Ramps for crossing the gutters are highlighted on the free Wheelchair & Stroller visitor map, which is available on entry.Please call or visit the website for more information.