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
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.
Does Sovereign Hill belong on The Great Australian Bucket List?
- Yes, it's a fantastic glimpse into the past (100%, 1 Votes)
- Maybe, depends if I find gold in my pan (0%, 0 Votes)
- No, a simple museum would have sufficed (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 1