Discover all the action and excitement of life as it was in 1850s Ballarat during the greatest alluvial gold rush the world has ever seen.
Sovereign Hill is a living museum with working exhibits brought to life by costumed characters and over 40 horses. Set on 25 acres of an original mining site, Sovereign Hill is a goldfields town with shops, hotels, a theatre, schools, factories, a gold diggings and underground mines to explore.
At Sovereign Hill there is fun for everyone, both young and young at heart, with the opportunity to pan for real gold which you keep at the end of the day. An underground gold mine can also be explored to see what conditions gold miners used to work in. Along the way you’ll see some amazing street theatre that’s performed by professionals who love what they do.
One of the highlights of Sovereign Hill is its $100,000 gold pour spectacular which has brought tourists from near and far to see. Chat with the skilled craftsmen who are at work in the blacksmith’s forge and see how they craft something amazing from hard metals. During your visit also take the time to see the wheelwright plant, the candle works, and the confectionery factory. The Gold Museum also offers a beautiful and amazing display of gold exhibitions and history from a Ballarat gone by.
Opposite Mercure Ballarat, Sovereign Hill is a great day excursion for social groups and pre/post conference visitors staying at the hotel. As a conference group event, the after dark multi-million dollar light and sound show, ‘Blood On The Southern Cross’ is a spectacular production. This great Australia drama of the legendary Eureka uprising gives insight into what it was like to live in the time of the gold rush with a story line that will keep you enthralled.
Consider a gold rush theme to the social agenda of your conference and stage one of your dinners at Sovereign Hill in the authentic settings of Charlie Napier Hotel, New York Bakery and more. Sovereign Hill will create historic elegance to your event.