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  • Step back in time to the 1850's
  • Daily actvities and mine adventures
  • Trades, crafts and stores
  • Includes Gold Museum Entry
  • Valid for two consecutive days!
  • Only 90 minutes from Melbourne

Sovereign Hill Ballarat

Sovereign Hill Tickets

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Victoria's Sovereign Hill allows visitors to take a journey into the gold rush period of the 1800s, featuring an authentically-recreated town and plenty to see. Set out over an expansive 25 hectare area, it's like stepping back in time as the town features craftsmen at work, over 50 majestic horses including Clydesdales, a variety of demonstrations and shows throughout the day and much more. With a ticket to Sovereign Hill, you can find yourself panning for real gold, witness musket firing, see boiled lollies being made, see wheels, candles, and other goods being made, and learn about the history of the early colonial and Gold Rush times that brought a huge amount of immigration to this region of Victoria.

A wonderfully authentic and high-quality introduction to early Aussie history all a short distance from the actual Eureka site; that's Sovereign Hill in a nutshell. With over 18 scheduled activities happening throughout the day, there's something to interest all ages at Sovereign Hill - so grab your entry tickets online here today.

Sovereign Hill is located around a 90 minute drive from Melbourne CBD and is open daily (except Christmas Day) from mid morning.


  • Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • Valid for two consecutive days


  • Transport from Melbourne, you will need to make your own way to Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, a comfortable 90 minute drive from the Melbourne CBD


  • Diggings Tour - Explore Life on the Early Goldfields - Explore life on the Early Goldfields
  • Red Hill Mine Tour - Discover the dark, dangerous whorl of deep lead mining and witness the discovery of the famous welcome nugget
  • Gold panning - It's real gold. There's plenty to find and it's yours to keep
  • Musket Firing - Our trooper will tell you about law and order on the goldfields and then show you how to load and fire a musket
  • Street Theatre - A program of entertaining vignettes illustrating life the goldfields
  • Sweet Making - Discover how our boiled lollies are made in the traditional way
  • Gold Pour - Pure gold is melted to 1,000 C and poured into a mould to create $140,000 Gold Ingot
  • Coach Rides - Tour the town and digging by horse and coach
  • Redcoat Soldiers - Watch our soldiers parade and fire a volley of shots with their muskets
  • Gold Mine Tour - Three fully guided underground adventures into the world of 19th century mining
  • Steam Powered Machinery - Massive boilers produce steam to driver heavy mining machinery
  • Candlemaking - Watch our 19th century style candle factory in action
  • Candle Dipping - See 19th Century candlemaking machines at work and buy the kids a candle to dip
  • Metal Spinning - See Goldpans and Brassware spun on steam-driven lathes
  • Bowling - Set up the skittles and try your hand at 9 pin bowling
  • Back to School - Try writing with a dip pen and ink in our goldfields school
  • Wheelwrighting - Watch our skilled craftsmen make a hub and spokes, and then assemble a coach wheel
  • Golden Treasures - Discover the story of Ballarat and an impressive collection of gold nuggets

Operating Hours

  • Sovereign Hill is open daily except Christmas Day (25th December) from 10am to 5pm.


  • Sovereign Hill is a comfortable 90 minute drive from the Melbourne CBD along the Western Highway (or only an hour from Melbourne Airport). Once in Ballarat, follow the brown and white tourist signs to Sovereign Hill

Additional Information

  • General Admission tickets are NOT valid during Winter Wonderlights (June 27 - July 19 2020).

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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Stephanie Fairbank 10 months ago
It was such a fun day out with my family! We always have so much fun when we go. The staff are incredible and so good at their job, so entertaining when they are in character. There is just so much to do and see there and you learn so much. Can't wait to go back again.
It was such a fun day out with my family
Stephanie Fairbank 10 months ago

It was such a fun day out with my family! We always have so much fun when we go. The staff are incredible and so good at their job, so entertaining when they are in character. There is just so much to do and see there and you learn so much. Can't wait to go back again.

We spent pretty much all day here and really enjoyed ourselves
Rebekkah Rhys-Davies 10 months ago

We spent pretty much all day here and really enjoyed ourselves. We spent a bit extra and got a photo of our family dressed up and we looked amazing. The only thing we found a bit annoying is how much you pay for entry and then had to pay for tours and coach rides. We felt like entry should have been enough to cover all. Other than that we had a great day but didn’t get to the gold museum part so can’t say what that was like.

Very nice small town
Yu-Ting Wang 1 year ago

Very nice small town, you could spend the whole in there. Family and children friendly place. The ticket is actually for 2 consecutive days, just so you have plenty of time to explore. The brochure also comes in different languages so you can still get to know the culture even if you’re a foreigner.

Murtuza Masalawala 2 years ago

Quick, Straight forward, Intuitive and just works. We were able to purchase the tickets instantly from and iPhone and saved waiting in the long queue which would have taken up most of our day and also it was too hot to stand. Saved us all the trouble as it was a no frustration experience.

A very interesting place where all the staff within Sovereign Hill were dressed in the Victorian era
Kewal Shah 2 years ago

A very interesting place where all the staff within Sovereign Hill were dressed in the Victorian era. The highlight would be the gold panning. It is not easy trying to spot that glint of gold in your pan but help was at hand. There would be a guy who would show how it was done & he would be telling stories along the way too. Would recommend it to anyone visiting Ballarat. The only negative comment was that the entrance fee should cover the horse carriage ride around the township as the charge for the ride was not cheap. Though it's a bit expensive.

Wonderful experience and plenty to do
Kelly Banks 2 years ago

Wonderful experience and plenty to do. Great for the whole family. A whole day is needed so plan ahead and make sure you watch the gold pour. So interesting. Do the secret chamber mine tour first and red hill tour last. Would have done it another way round as scared the kids in the paid tour first from the darkness.

Purchased the tickets over the phone was the best and easiest way
Emma Mcglone 2 years ago

Purchased the tickets over the phone was the best and easiest way. Excellent service and I will continue to purchase from Experience Oz. We are staying at the Ballarat Goldfields Big 4. They are so welcoming, gold coin donation for Pancake breakfast, wow great activities for the kids. So far we are blown away by the hospitality. We walked to Sovereign Hill quick and easiest way and we had a great time watching the activities. Great for the kids to learn about their history and pan for gold. Kids loved the lolly shop and bowling. Highly recommend.

We had a great family day at Sovereign Hill
Donna Farrugia 2 years ago

We had a great family day at Sovereign Hill. We got to pan for gold, go for a ride on the horse and cart watch them pouring gold. We found the staff very friendly and extremely helpful. There is a lot to see and do. I wished we had stayed for two days, would definitely recommend a visit!

Fist time booking through Experience Oz
Brooke Winter 2 years ago

Fist time booking through Experience Oz, the booking process was easy to follow & tickets were easy to print. Entry at Sovereign Hill was simple with the pre-purchased tickets, kids had a ball and there was plenty to keep them entertained and involved in.

Absolutely loved that this trip was made possible by obtaining this voucher
Penny Waters 2 years ago

Absolutely loved that this trip was made possible by obtaining this voucher. It was a great family day out loved by all spent over 6 hours looking and exploring mine shafts, watching demonstrations, laughing, photos, the old-time charms. I brought lollies and kids loved the trip!

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