Immerse Yourself In the Excitement of Ballarat's Gold rush Days at Sovereign Hill!
Australia's foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat's first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.
By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia's history comes to life! It's just like stepping back in time - from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it's yours to keep!
The Power of Gold
The Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat - a majestic provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s.
An impressive glass-fronted building with commanding views, the Gold Museum offers an award-winning gift shop specialising in the sale of gold nuggets and Australian-made gold jewellery and fine giftware.
Discover the beauty and power of gold as you view an impressive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, priceless gold artefacts and gold coins.
'Ballarat: Inspired by Gold’ is a major exhibition presenting the story of Ballarat from its earliest days through to European settlement and the amazing impact of the gold rushes.
Still the Hottest Show in Town!
‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ is an explosive multi-million dollar sound-and-light show like nothing you have ever seen before!
The story of the Eureka Rebellion, a dramatic battle between gold miners and Government forces at Ballarat on 3 December, 1854, is retold nightly by ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, Sovereign Hill’s acclaimed sound-and-light spectacular.
Set under the night skies at Sovereign Hill, ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ involves no actors – just voices, dazzling sound-and-light effects and a stunning open-air set. Visitors travel across the site on a comfortable transporter and view much of the action from the re-created Free Trade Hotel on the Eureka Diggings.
Welcome To Sovereign Hill Education
Victoria's 1850s gold rush heritage is alive, exciting and very 'hands-on' at Sovereign Hill with creative, stimulating and interactive experiences for school students and kindergarten classes.
Students experience Sovereign Hill indoors, outdoors, above-ground and below-ground, giving a tremendous variety of activities for school excursions and ensuring an action-packed, fun day.
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- Click here to go to Costumed School
- Click here to go to Narmbool School Camps
- Click here to go to Gold Museum
Stay right at the heart of the action with the excitement and intrigue of the Gold Rush only metres from your doorstep!
Located in picturesque Ballarat, Sovereign Hill's very own 4-star (self rated) Comfort Inn makes the perfect base for families and couples wanting to explore this historic city and the wider region.
Great value accommodation and entertainment packages are available and dining options include two eateries, three bars and the famous Hope Bakery. Spend the day at our multi-award winning museum and enjoy a sumptuous meal before marching off to the diggings by night to see the Eureka battle erupt in the sound-and-light spectacular 'Blood on the Southern Cross'.