Pan for Gold in Sovereign Hill


Celebrating the great Victorian Gold Rush, Sovereign Hill opened in 1970 and is one of Victoria’s top visitor attractions. Spanning 25 hectares, over sixty historical buildings have recreated a mining town in painstaking detail, including a theatre, wheel-making factory, lolly shops, livestock paddocks, houses, mine facilities and various storefronts. All are staffed and brought to life by enthusiastic re-enactors in costume, eager to interact and share their character’s stories.

Length of Trip : Budget at least a half to full's day visit to Sovereign Hill

Cost :
Click here for entrance ticket prices

Best time to go : Open daily from 10am to 5pm, except Christmas Day

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
We had a fantastic lunch at the New York Bakery on site

Official Site :

Where to Stay :
Sovereign Hill operates its own self rated 4 star hotel if you want to spend more time exploring the museum and region.

Getting There :
Sovereign Hill is located in a suburb of Ballarat, about ninety minutes drive from Melbourne. Click here for directions.

Note from Robin :
Dozens of recreational demonstrations take place throughout the museum at all times of day, ensuring there is always something to see and do. Dress up in period costume for a family photograph, check out the lolly display, wheel-making demonstrations, and mine tour.


Making wheels


Main Street




View of the town


Make way for the horse


Looking for nuggets