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Sovereign Hill

Strike gold at this open-air museum, which tells the story of Ballarat’s first decade as a gold rush town with recreated buildings, goldmine tours and workshops.

Sovereign Hill is an interactive heritage landmark that brings Ballarat’s gold rush to life. Walk through history and discover a city built on gold when you explore Sovereign Hill’s recreated 19th-century village and delve into its underground mines. Like the thousands of prospectors who flocked here after the 1851 discovery of gold, you can pan in the complex’s meandering creek and the glittering minerals you unearth will be yours to keep.

Stroll down Sovereign Hill’s Main Street and chat with costumed goldfields villagers and workers plying their trades. See blacksmiths, candle makers, confectioners and coach-builders working in recreated shops and buildings from the 19th century. Join them for a hands-on workshop and learn about the restored steam-driven machinery. Stop by the theater to experience period entertainment or find out about the Victorian-era classroom at Sovereign Hill’s school.

The Sovereign Quartz Mine can be explored with a guided tour, which follows a trail through fascinating underground displays. Check out the Red Hill Mine and learn the story of the Welcome Nugget, the second-largest gold nugget ever found.

Make your way to the creek’s edge to see the lines of tents that depict what the fledgling settlement of Ballarat looked like when the rich alluvial gold was first found. Grab a pan and try your luck searching for flecks of the precious metal. Don’t miss seeing molten gold being transferred into a bullion bar at the Gold Pour.

Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum showcases gold displays and Ballarat’s fascinating history. In the evening, be sure to experience a presentation of Blood on the Southern Cross, a magnificent sound-and-light show that tells the story of the Eureka Uprising in 1854.

Sovereign Hill is located in Golden Point, southeastern Ballarat. Reach the open-air complex via car or direct coach service from Ballarat’s train station. Children under 15 years of age receive half-price admission and family ticket deals are available. Entry to the Gold Museum is included in the price of admission. The museum is open daily, except for Christmas Day. Free parking is available on site.


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Barkly Motorlodge AU$100
Barkly Motorlodge

Barkly Motorlodge

43 Main Road, Bakery Hill, VIC
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Bakery Hill, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ballarat Town Hall and Sovereign Hill. Art Gallery of Ballarat and St Patrick's Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ballarat Station is 15 minutes by foot.

    Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre AU$128
    Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

    Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond Botanical Garden and Lake Esmond are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies AU$90
      Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies

      Quality Inn & Suites The Menzies

      5-7 Humffray Street North, Bakery Hill, VIC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Bakery Hill, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Art Gallery of Ballarat and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Sovereign Hill. Ballarat Town Hall and St Patrick's Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ballarat Station is 10 minutes by foot.

        Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites AU$144
        Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites

        Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites

        525 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Golden Point, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond Botanical Garden and Lake Esmond are also within 15 minutes.

          Main Lead Ballarat Motel AU$107
          Main Lead Ballarat Motel

          Main Lead Ballarat Motel

          312 Main Road Vi 3350, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Golden Point, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond Botanical Garden and Lake Esmond are also within 15 minutes. Ballarat Station is 28 minutes by foot.

            Sovereign Hill Hotel
            Sovereign Hill Hotel

            Sovereign Hill Hotel

               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond and Lake Esmond Botanical Garden are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Sovereign Views Apartments
              Sovereign Views Apartments

              Sovereign Views Apartments

              5 Lal Lal St, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Golden Point, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Museum and Sovereign Hill. Lake Esmond and Lake Esmond Botanical Garden are also within 10 minutes.

                Bakery Hill Motel AU$152
                Bakery Hill Motel

                Bakery Hill Motel

                1 Humffray Street South, Bakery Hill, VIC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Bakery Hill, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ballarat Town Hall and Sovereign Hill. Art Gallery of Ballarat and St Patrick's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Ballarat Station is 13 minutes by foot.