Sovereign Hill

It's just like stepping back in time to goldrush Ballarat during the 1850s - 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 visitors pan for real gold and it's 'finders keepers'!

Visitors can see a $150,000 gold pour, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and watch street performers, including the Redcoat Soldiers who march and drill before firing their muskets. Along Main Street, there are shops selling 1850s-style goods, hotels and schools to visit, and a theatre with goldfields entertainment. For the adventurous, there are underground mine tours with an inclined tramway ride. And those with a special interest in 19th century trades can chat with our skilled craftsmen at work in the blacksmith's forge, the candle works, the wheelwright's plant, the coachbuilder's and the confectionery factory Sovereign Hill entry also includes entry to the Gold Museum which displays a beautiful exhibition of gold and Ballarat history.

By night, Sovereign Hill presents its spectacular, multi-million dollar sound-and-light show, 'Blood on the Southern Cross' - the legendary story of the 1854 Eureka Uprising, a great Australian drama. A two-course meal with drinks is also available on-site at Sovereign Hill prior to the show.

Excellent accommodation is available on-site at the recently refurbished Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill. With King Coil beds, free Wi-Fi and a guest bar and lounge, Comfort Inn is a popular choice for travellers. Accommodation options range from superbly-appointed Governor's rooms, ideal for couples, to elegant Sovereign rooms for families and the corporate traveller, and large, affordable Colonial units for families.


Learn all about Sovereign Hill’s rich and interesting history. Information about the Australian Goldrush and how Ballarat became the little town built on gold.

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Gold Museum

Discover the rich (literally) history of Ballarat’s gold rush days. The Gold Museum showcases the amazing collection of gold nuggets, coins and artefacts.

Blood on the Southern Cross

Sovereign Hills’ amazing Light and Sound show ‘Blood on the Southern Cross'. The story of the Eureka rebellion is a must see when visiting Ballarat.