Step away from Melbourne and go back in time to experience the Victorian Gold Rush era at Sovereign Hill. Spend a full-day exploring this world-renown living museum where you can tour the mines, ride a stagecoach, and pan for gold.
What to Expect
Ballarat is a city steeped in history and was built from the rough hands of the gold miners during the Victorian Gold Rush of the 1800's. Travel to Ballarat from Melbourne to pay a full-day visit to Sovereign Hill, a perfectly re-created 1850s gold mining settlement.
Explore the shops and wander the main street to visit goldsmiths and craftsmen at work. Journey through the town and see the Victorian architecture of a prosperous era. Cross the original route of the early horse drawn stage coaches. Try your luck panning for gold, visit the museum or ride a stage coach. Tour an underground gold mine or catch a ride in a traditional horse drawn carriage.
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Across the road from Sovereign Hill is the Gold Museum, where you can view its extensive collection of gold nuggets, ornaments and coins.
This golden tour provides a fascinating insight into life in the 1850's and what impact the Australian gold rush had on its people.
- Entrance to Sovereign Hill
- Entrance fee to the Gold Museum & Red Hill Mine tour