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The Gold Country Sights

Sovereign Hill

  • Bradshaw St. Map It
  • Ballarat
  • Historic District/Site

Updated 01/15/2014

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Built on the site of the former Sovereign Hill Quartz Mining Company's mines, this replica town provides an authentic look at life, work, and play during Ballarat's gold rush era. The main street features a hotel, blacksmith's shop, bakery, and post office—all perfectly preserved relics of their time. You can have your photo taken in period costumes, take a mineshaft tour, pan for gold (and find some), ride in a stagecoach, or head to the "lolly shop" to taste old-fashioned

candy. Return at night for "Blood on the Southern Cross," a 90-minute sound-and-light spectacular that tells the story of the Eureka uprising. Your entry ticket also gets you into the Gold Museum, across Bradshaw Street, which displays an extensive collection of nuggets from the Ballarat diggings.

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Bradshaw St., Ballarat, Victoria, 3350, Australia

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Sight Details:

  • A$48.50; A$107.50 (entry and Blood on the Southern Cross show)
  • Daily 10–5; two show sessions, times vary.

Updated 01/15/2014


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