Sovereign Hill Admission | Melbourne

Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm 
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Option Prices

Admission (Adult 16+ yrs)
Admission (Child 5-15 yrs) - only available when purchased with an Adult Ticket
Children under 4 years
Add-on : Gold Mine Tour (Adult)
Add-on : Gold Mine Tour (Child)

Tour Information

For tour meeting point and time, please take the tour vouchers as the final confirmation. The meeting point and time in the tour info are only for reference.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm 

Sovereign Hill is a living museum presenting the story of Ballarat as a gold rush boomtown. Gold was discovered here in 1851, triggering the greatest alluvial gold rush the world has ever known. The sleepy pastoral settlement of Ballarat grew rapidly into a fine provincial city built on the wealth derived from its gold.

Covering 15 hectares of a former gold mining site, Sovereign Hill's Outdoor Museum brings the gold rush to life through a living township with over 18 scheduled activities happening throughout the day, you can find yourself panning for real gold, witnessing musket firing, seeing boiled lollies, wheels, and candles being made all before your very eyes.

The Outdoor Museum enjoys international renown as a living museum featuring rare trades, working machinery, exhibits, and costumed interpreters.

Daily activities include:

  • The Diggings Tour: Explore Life on the early Goldfields hosted by a costumed interpreter.
  • The Red Hill Mine Tour: Discover the dark, dangerous world of deep lead mining and witness the discovery of the famous “Welcome Nugget”.
  • Gold panning: There’s real gold to be found in The Diggings and it’s yours to keep! Make sure you stop by the Waterloo store and purchase a gold bottle to protect your precious find.
  • Musket Firing: Our Troopers will tell you about law and order on the goldfields and demonstrate to you how to load and fire a musket.
  • Sweet Making: Discover how boiled lollies are made in the traditional way and enjoy a sample at the end of the demonstration.
  • Gold Pour: Pure gold is melted to 1,000 degrees Celsius and poured into a mould to create a pure Gold Ingot.
  • Candlemaking: Be mesmerised by the enticing scents of our 19th-century candle factory and watch our candle makers in action.
  • Bowling: Set up the skittles and try your hand at 9-pin bowling.
  • Wheelwrighting: Watch our skilled craftsmen create hubs, and spokes and assemble coach wheels using traditional 19th-century methods.
  • Underground Gold Mine Tour (additional cost as per price list): Take a ride on the old mine rail deep into the underground. The process of mining is extremely arduous, with workers venturing into pitch-black mine shafts every day. The harsh conditions in the mines, characterized by dampness, darkness, and poor ventilation, make it a nightmare for miners.During the Gold Mine Tour, you can hop on a small mine cart to experience the working conditions of miners from the past. In the dimly lit mine shafts, you will come across various exhibits and models depicting the work of miners in days gone by. The tour guide will share stories of the miners as you enter the mine.The image above shows the "elevator" that miners used to commute to and from work. During quitting time, everyone rushed to board it to get out of the mine quickly, which was quite dangerous, leading to numerous accidents.

Tour Inclusive

  • Attraction Admission

Tour Exclusive

  • Hotel transfer
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Other expenses not mentioned


Sovereign Hill is located in Ballarat, 90 minutes by car west of Melbourne.
The address is: Bradshaw St, Ballarat

By car

Take the 110km journey along the Western Freeway. Sovereign Hill is just an hour and 15 minutes west of Melbourne.

By train and bus

Direct from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, hop on the V/Line train and arrive in less than 90 minutes at the historic Ballarat Railway Station in the centre of town. From here you can catch bus route 21. Click here to plan your journey.

By taxi

To take a taxi to Sovereign Hill call 131 008.

By uber

To take an Uber to Sovereign Hill download the app


  • All per person prices quoted are in Australian dollars and valid from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024.
  • Operating hours may change due to maintenance, improvements, or safety reasons. Please always check with the Service Provider and visit their official website for updated information regarding scheduled maintenance and closures before purchasing, as well as closer to your planned travel date.
  • Travelers are advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothes
  • Travelers are advised to prepare sun protection and insect repellent
  • The show times are available on the official website. Please note that the show times are subject to change without prior notice
  • Smoking is not allowed on the premises
  • The transportation information is for reference only; please check the traffic conditions before departure
  • Please refer to the voucher for the final tour info
  • For Gold mine tour, please go to Mine Tour Office (Map 35 ) firstly to secure a space for the tour on your arrival, it may run out quickly during the day

Cancellation Policy

  • Once a booking is confirmed, requests for alterations or cancellation will not be granted

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
If the prodduct can be cancelled within a period of time, please email us at least 2 business days prior to this cancellation date to cancel the product, based on the tour local time zone.
If cancellation is successful, refund would be conducted within 7-28 days.
Cancellation notification needs to be formally replied receipt by us during our office hours as acknowledgement.
Once cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 14 business days. With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.


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