Sovereign Hill, a winner of major tourism awards, is owned and operated by The Sovereign Hill Museums Association. Visitors to this 30-acre outdoor museum discover a unique, living experience of Australia’s gold mining history, presented with a rare degree of accuracy and integrity.
Sovereign Hill is renowned for its gold mining exhibits. On the diggings, visitors pan the creek for real gold. Above ground, in the mining precinct, they see steam power in action – from Cornish boilers to a winding engine, a beam pump and a ten-head stamper battery. Below ground, fully guided tours commence with a ride on an inclined tramway. Visitors see original workings and demonstrations of quartz mining technology. Finally, they have the rare opportunity to see a $150,000 gold pour.
In the town, there are shops, factories, hotels, cottages and a theatre – all based on those found in Ballarat and brought to life by costumed staff and volunteers, and the students who visit the schools for a 2-day role play experience of life as a goldfields child. Over 40 working horses provide coach rides and are used to demonstrate examples of early mining technology.
Sovereign Hill also owns the Gold Museum Ballarat, an evening show with dinner, on-site accommodation and ‘Narmbool’, an historic pastoral property.