Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill is located just outside the centre of Victoria’s largest inland city Ballarat, a regional hub thriving with contemporary arts set against a fascinating heritage backdrop.

Sovereign Hill brings to life the excitement of Australia’s great 1850s gold rush era. Named Australia’s best “Major Tourist Attraction’ three times, Sovereign Hill provides a unique 1800s experience and a full day of entertainment for visitors.

There’s real gold to be panned – and its ‘finder’s keepers’ – an underground gold mine, street theatre and the opportunity to meet costumed goldfields characters. See a spectacular $150,000 gold pour and chat with skilled craftsmen at work in the blacksmith’s forge, the candle works, the wheelwright’s plant, the coach builder’s and the confectionary factory.

View the legacy of the gold rush on our Sovereign Hill Tours, still evident in the magnificent architecture and tree-lined streets of Ballarat today. On our 1 Day Sovereign Hill Tour, admire the city’s Victorian and Edwardian building, parks, gardens, and statues.

If being on our Ballarat Tour from Melbourne is not enough, enjoy exploring the relaxing picturesque scenery of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Slow down and relax amongst the flowers and historic trees of one of the Victoria’s most prized cool climate gardens.

Ballarat Tours from Melbourne

Our Sovereign Hill Tour departing from Melbourne, gives you the chance to travel back in time to the Victorian Gold Rush Era and engage in real-life goldfields. Wander through the houses, shops and blacksmiths that replicate the gold rush era, allowing you to experience the living conditions of the 1800s.

Highlights of the Sovereign Hill Ballarat Tour include:

  • A chance to experience the gold rush era from the 1800s
  • A chance to look for gold in the underground gold mine
  • Experience candle making, gold pouring, and blacksmithing
  • Learn about the history behind the Eureka Stockade
  • Journey through the depths and darkness of mining

If traveling back in time is not enough for you, Last Minute Day Tours offers Ballarat Tours with the optional visit to the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Just a short drive from Sovereign Hill, Ballarat Wildlife Park is an interactive wildlife park where you can enjoy getting close and personal with some of Australia’s most famous native animals and other unique species found elsewhere throughout the world. The selection of animals is truly unique and features animals that can only be described as natural wonders of the world. While visiting the wildlife park, why not take the time to cuddle one of the friendly wombats and take close-up photos with the little furry koalas.