Getting familiar with our site before visiting
A range of resources to make sure you're prepared and getting the most from your visit.
Sovereign Hill is located on a hillside, and its exhibits represent Ballarat in its earliest days as an 1850s goldfields township. There are several things to be considered before visiting:
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.
Coach rides require visitors to climb several ladder-style steps.
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 visitor map, which is available on entry. Wheelchairs are available free-of-charge. Subject to availability.
Strollers are available for hire. A small charge applies. Subject to availability.
Assistance animals are welcome at Sovereign Hill. However, for the safety and comfort of all Sovereign Hill’s patrons and the animals on-site as part of Sovereign Hill’s interpretation of goldfields life, other dogs are not permitted on Sovereign Hill’s premises. This includes the Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum, the Gold Museum, Sovereign Hill Hotel, Narmbool and AURA.
Exemptions will apply to:
Each accessible room has: