Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Golden Point, Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia

Nestled in Ballarat, Victoria, Sovereign Hill is a living museum that transports visitors back to the thrilling days of Australia's 19th-century gold rush. History buffs and enthusiasts can experience the rich heritage of this transformative period firsthand. Join us as we uncover the captivating history and highlights of this immersive historical site.

Sovereign Hill takes us back to the mid-1800s when the discovery of gold sparked a frenzied rush of prospectors from around the world to the Australian continent. The site meticulously recreates an authentic 1850s gold mining town, complete with period buildings, costumed interpreters, and interactive experiences, providing a vivid portrayal of life during this exciting era.

Highlights of Visiting Sovereign Hill:

  • Red Hill Mine: Descend into a real gold mine and learn about the arduous work of miners, experiencing the sights, sounds, and even the temperature of the underground world.
  • Main Street: Wander along Main Street, lined with charming shops, blacksmiths, and traditional tradesmen, immersing yourself in the bustling atmosphere of an authentic gold rush town.
  • Gold Panning: Try your hand at gold panning and experience the thrill of striking it rich as you uncover genuine gold nuggets in the flowing waters.
  • Costume Hire: Dress up in period costumes and truly immerse yourself in the 1850s atmosphere, capturing memorable photographs and enhancing the authenticity of your visit.
  • Theatrical Performances: Enjoy lively performances showcasing the music, dance, and entertainment that flourished during the gold rush era, bringing the past to life.



Services & facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible restroom
  • Stroller for rent
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Free wheelchairs available
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours
  • Ramps


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