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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.

171 Cheap Hotels Near Sovereign Hill

Main Lead Ballarat Motel
Main Lead Ballarat Motel
2.5 out of 5
312 Main Road Vi 3350, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC, 3350
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$123 per night from 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an indoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (605 reviews)
"So close to Sovereign Hill and perfect for a night to be close to the beautiful city of Ballarat. Staff were friendly and the room was spacious enough for all 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 teen kids. Very basic but clean, big and warm. Beds had electric blankets. Bathroom setup was good in that shower ..."

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2022

Main Lead Ballarat Motel
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
4 out of 5
613 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC, 3350
The price is AU$142 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (983 reviews)
"Nice place to stay"

Reviewed on 21 May 2022

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Quest Ballarat Station
Quest Ballarat Station
4 out of 5
11 Nolan St, Soldiers Hill, VIC, 3350
The price is AU$204 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Ballarat. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Popular attractions Art Gallery of Ballarat and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (115 reviews)
"Enjoyed the clean and modern 2 bedroom apartment which was self contained. Near to many amentities and meal options."

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2022

Quest Ballarat Station
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3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
613 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC, 3350
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312 Main Road Vi 3350, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC, 3350
The price is AU$123 per night from 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
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Quest Ballarat Station
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Sovereign Park Motor Inn
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223 Main Road, Golden Point (Ballarat), VIC, 3350
The price is AU$180 per night from 31 Jul. to 1 Aug.
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