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Sovereign Hill Gold Rush

  • Sovereign Hill

    Sovereign Hill

  • Gold Nugget at Sovereign Hill

    Gold Nugget at Sovereign Hill

  • Gold Panning at Sovereign Hill

    Gold Panning at Sovereign Hill

  • Sovereign Hill

    Sovereign Hill

  • Gold Panning at Sovereign Hill

    Gold Panning at Sovereign Hill

  • Historic Ballarat

    Historic Ballarat

  • Sovereign Hill

    Sovereign Hill

  • Sovereign Hill Streetscape

    Sovereign Hill Streetscape

  • Ballarat Goldfields

    Ballarat Goldfields

Tour codes: K13, +W

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concession ? Prices above are for departures between 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Optional Extras


En Route

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.

Sovereign Hill

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.

Eureka Stockade

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.

Red Hill Mine Tour

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.

Street Theatre

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.

Full Day Tour

Approximately 9 hours


Mon, Tues, Thu & Sat 8.20am
from Federation Square, Corner Flinders & Russell Streets or earlier from selected city hotels


5.30pm approximately

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Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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  • Entry to Sovereign Hill
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat 
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required.


Times are approximate. Schedule may be rearranged on the day.
8.20am Depart Federation Square
10.45am Ballarat Wildlife Park (optional - approx. 1 hour)
11.00am Sovereign Hill
5.30pm Melbourne


Tour (K13)

Base Tour
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Optional Add-Ons

Ballarat Wildlife Park (+W)

Ballarat Wildlife Park add on

Visit the Ballarat Wildlife Park, where you’ll see a unique selection of wildlife in their natural habitats. You’ll see saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and so many more. You can wander through the park taking in the many exhibits, join guided tours and participate in interactive shows. Feeding times can be a lot of fun – particularly with the crocs!

FROM $20
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concession ?

Prices above may vary according to your departure date.

Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Free hotel pick-ups

Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge on selected tours if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.

Pickup times listed below are valid for departures between 1st April 2018 – 31st March 2019. If travelling outside these dates, please enquire at time of booking for hotel pick-up details.

Please Note due to roadworks there will be no pick up from Holiday Inn on Flinders until October 2018. Please see below for alternative.
Please Note: There will be road closures on 29 July due to the Run Melbourne Marathon. Please contact us if travelling on this date for alternative pick up locations.


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