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  •  Melbourne Ballarat Sovereign Hill Entry Ticket with Guided Mine Tour

Melbourne Ballarat Sovereign Hill Entry Ticket with Guided Mine Tour

Sovereign Hill

  • Ballarat, Melbourne
  • English
  • Flexible
  • Free Cancellation prior to 7 days of travel date
  • 48 Working Hours Confirmation

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Single Day Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • 2. Guided mine tour - The Secret Chamber
  • Attraction opens 6 days a week (closed on Monday), closed on Christmas Day 25 December.
  • Opening hours: 10am - 5pm
  • *Operating hours may vary at Sovereign Hill's discretion without notice.
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1 Key Facts


  • 1. Single Day Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • 2. Guided mine tour - The Secret Chamber
  • Attraction opens 6 days a week (closed on Monday), closed on Christmas Day 25 December.
  • Opening hours: 10am - 5pm
  • *Operating hours may vary at Sovereign Hill's discretion without notice.

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
Destination Ballarat, Melbourne
Address Bradshaw St, Ballarat VIC 3350
How to get there ● By Car
Located approximately 116km west of Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, takes about 1.5 hours; approximately 116km west of Melbourne Federation Square, takes about 1.5 hours.
- Free Onsite parking available

Sovereign Hill is a comfortable 90-minute drive from Melbourne along the Western Highway. Once in Ballarat, just follow the brown and white tourist signs to Sovereign Hill.

● By Public Transport
Please check the Public Transport Victoria timetables ( for more details to plan your trip.
Operating hours
Tuesdays - Sundays 10:00 - 17:00
Christmas Day (25 December) Closed
What to bring/wear ● Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions, eg. jacket for cooler months.
● Comfortable enclosed walking shoes
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Water bottle, Snacks
● Umbrella / raincoat if rains
● Insect repellent
● Camera
● Money / credit card for optional purchases
Other info ● Operating hours may change due to maintenance, improvements or safety reasons. Please always check with the Service Provider visit their official website for updated information regarding scheduled maintenance and closures before purchasing, and when closer to travel date to plan your visit.

● Accessibility
- All roads and paths are gravel. There is some uneven ground.
- Main Street at Sovereign Hill is a gentle slope; however, other areas of the site are quite steep. All roads are accessible by wheelchair, but some visitors could find the gravel surfaces difficult to manage.
- Underground mine tours are accessible for visitors in wheelchairs. Please enquire at the mine office on arrival for bookings.
- Parts of Sovereign Hill have wide bluestone gutters between the timber boardwalks and gravel roads. Ramps for crossing the gutters are highlighted on the free Wheelchair & Stroller visitor map, which is available on entry.
- Due to operational requirements, restrictions on motorised and non-motorised wheelchairs apply.
- Occupants of wheelchairs must be accompanied by a capable carer or companion.
- Wheelchair and other accessibility requirements must be notified at the time of booking.
- Wheelchairs and other mobility equipment will not be operated by The Sovereign Hill Museums Association staff.

【Important Post-Covid Service Information】
- In accordance with the State Government's recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions, from midnight Friday 22 April, 2022 visitors will no longer need to show proof of vaccination. While wearing a facemask will not be mandatory, it is recommended wearing one in areas of the museum where maintaining a 1.5 metre physical distance is not possible (ie mine tours).
- All visitors will be required to check-in via the Service Victoria app either on their own device or those provided in order to enter.
- Before leaving home, check for the latest updates and information.

2 Overview

Sovereign Hill is an outdoor museum presenting the story of Australia’s fabulous goldrush history. Its particular focus is the impact of the great 19th century gold discoveries on the growth of Ballarat, which was a small pastoral settlement when gold was discovered in 1851. By 1861, Ballarat had grown into a fine provincial city built on the wealth derived from its gold.

Since opening in November 1970, Sovereign Hill has become an Australian tourism icon, winning many major tourism awards. Today, Sovereign Hill attracts some 450,000 visitors each year and is known world wide as a living museum with a strong emphasis on working machinery and exhibits, costumed interpreters and visitor participation.

Melbourne Ballarat Sovereign Hill Entry Ticket with Guided Mine Tour


Sovereign Hill

Australia's foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat's first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.

By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia's history comes to life! It's just like stepping back in time - 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 you can pan for real gold and it's yours to keep!

At Sovereign Hill, you can see a spectacular $160,000 gold pour, venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town. Go shopping 1850s-style and visit hotels, schools and a theatre with goldfields entertainers. See steam-driven machinery in action and chat with the wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners as they ply their trades. On the streets and in the theatre, you will be entertained by costumed goldfields characters who are happy to pose for a great photo.

Sovereign Hill never stands still! There is always something new to see and do. Their commitment to product improvement, authenticity and value-for-money family entertainment has established Sovereign Hill as an internationally renowned cultural tourism attraction and a regular winner of tourism and museum industry awards.


Guided Mine Tour - The Secret Chamber

The Secret Chamber has undergone a spectacular creative transformation!

Board a mine tram and hold on tightly as it meanders through a dark tunnel and descends into the depths of a gold mine. Walk through a maze of tunnels with only flickering candlelight to guide you past dig sites, shafts and forbidden places, until you reach The Secret Chamber. The sound of traditional Chinese music draws you in - and the rock walls reveal their secret! Watch in wonder as the story unfolds around you - the story of Chin Tem and his brother is a tale based on the adventures of the young Chinese diggers who flocked to Ballarat in the 1850s in search of gold. The new Secret Chamber, which is presented in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Indonesian, is also available as an OpenAccess Tour using for visitors who are Deaf or have hearing impairments.


Free Self-guided Mine Tour - The Red Hill Mine

Visit the Red Hill Mine on the diggings to discover the dark and dangerous world of deep lead mining and witness the discovery of the famous "Welcome" Nugget. Weighing around 69 kilograms, it remains the second largest gold nugget ever found!

This is a free underground experience. Unlike the paid guided mine tou, this experience does not require pre-booking, travellers are welcome to visit any time during their stay. Only availabe in English, and visitors need to be able to climb down and out of the mine un-aided. 

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
● If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
● If no show, no refund.

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