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Sovereign Hill Gold Rush

from AUD $175.00
Location: Melbourne
Code: K13
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Step back into the Victorian gold rush era. Visit the historic town of Ballarat and the period town of Sovereign Hill, with streets lined with buildings and characters of the 1850s. Learn of the Eureka Stockade, Red Hill mine and try gold-panning!

Today you’ll step back in time to the era of the Victorian gold rush. First you’ll head out over the West Gate Bridge, en route to the beautiful town of Ballarat. Sit back and relax with entertainment introducing you to Sovereign Hill, a wonderful outdoor museum exhibiting in ‘real life’ the story of Australia’s gold rush history.

As you arrive in Ballarat you’ll come to understand the historical significance of this town. In its centre the lush tree-lined streets are filled with grand homes of the Victorian era, many the result of prosperity from the gold fields of the 1850s. Today, Ballarat is a major regional centre and the commercial capital of the Central Highlands with a population of almost 100,000. 

When you arrive at Sovereign Hill you’ll be placed back in time to the great gold rush era of the 1850s. It’s just like stepping into a working town of the time, with period-style homes, shops and retailers, blacksmiths, hotels and costumed characters that bring the exhibition to life. You can wander through the town to get a feel for the lifestyle as it was then. 

The first thing that you’ll experience at Sovereign Hill is the amazing story of the Eureka Stockade, an event that was fuelled by government taxes that were being imposed on miners at the time. The first armed rebellion of its kind in Australia, it led to the deaths of twenty-two diggers and five troopers, and changed Australia’s history forever with the birth of democracy.

Go down into the depths of a real underground gold mine and discover the dark and dangerous world of deep lead mining. Here you’ll also witness the discovery of the famous ‘Welcome Nugget’.

One of the many fun things you can do at Sovereign Hill is pan for gold. There are diggers on hand to show you the tricks used to strike it rich, and then you can have a go and try your own luck.

You’ll be entertained by the many performances each day illustrating the exciting and colourful life on the gold fields. With wonderful costumes of the day and many stories to share, the characters will sweep you up in the fun of it all.

 You can also visit a number of operational workshops and witness demonstrations of blacksmithing, wheel wrighting, gold pouring, candle making and many more.

  • Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Comprehensive Commentary
  • Travel in air-conditioned Coach
Operates: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Departure Time: 8.20am Federation Square, Corner Flinders & Russell Streets or earlier from your hotel
Duration: 9 hours
Ends At: 5.30pm

Child prices apply to children age 2 to 15 years.

Concession prices apply to all Australian and New Zealand pensioners, Australian Seniors, Australian Full Time Students

Cancellation fees will be levied relative to the amount of notice given:

Days Notice 1-6 days , 50% cancellation fee applies. Within 24 hours of departure or no show:100% fee applies



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