1. Opening hours & activities
What are your opening hours?
Sovereign Hill is open to the general public 6 days a week, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. School programs are still able to be booked on Mondays. Please contact our schools booking team for more information.
What can I see at Sovereign Hill?
A fun-filled, gold rush adventures await you at Sovereign Hill. From gold panning, demonstrations and performances, matched with delicious food you can spend a full day exploring Sovereign Hill and all it offers! Find out more about our site, popular activities, and stories in our interactive map.
Where is Sovereign Hill?
Sovereign Hill is located in Ballarat, 90 minutes by car west of Melbourne. The address is: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
Should I pre-book my ticket?
We encourage you to pre-book your ticket to ensure a quick and easy entry into Sovereign Hill.
Where can I find out more about what’s on at Sovereign Hill?
Is the Gold Museum open?
Is parking available on site?
Yes! And it’s free! Head to our main visitor carpark on Bradshaw Street. Limited disabled parking is available.
When is AURA running?
Is Narmbool open?
Narmbool is open only for ticketed events, education and function bookings.
Can I take a photo with the costumed staff?
Inside the museum, you will interact with our staff dressed in costume from the 1850s. We encourage photos with our staff. Please ask politely and they will help you get the best picture. We value mutual respect between staff and visitors.
2. Booking tickets
How can I book a ticket?
How do I book with an annual pass?
There is no need to pre-book. Our Annual Pass Holders can simply present their Annual Pass Cards and photo identification to our customer service team, who will issue a ticket and you’re all set for a fun-filled day.
What concession cards do you accept?
Sovereign Hill accepts Australian Concession cards only. Cards must be valid and presented to staff upon the time of booking and entry. Valid concession cards are:
- Australian Pension, Disability, Health Care and Sole Parent Cards.
- Australian Veteran’ Affairs Cards.
- Australian Student Cards.
- ISIC International Student Cards.
- Australian Seniors Cards.
- Australian Companion Cards
Can I book a ticket with a companion card?
One adult guest can accompany the card holder free of charge. The companion card must be presented upon your arrival and is only valid for one adult guest per card holder.
Do I have to pre-book activities?
Additional premium activities such as costumed photography sessions, candle-dipping, coach rides and mine tours are limited and subject to availability. Bookings or tickets to these activities can be booked at their relevant locations on the day of your visit. Pre-booking these experiences online is not currently available.
What additional activities do I need to pay for?
Your Sovereign Hill admission includes all classic experiences such as panning for gold, theatre performances, street shows, live demonstrations, exploring our shops and cottages, bowling, self-guided tours of the Red Hill Mine, the Gold Pour and additional special seasonal activities.
Additional premium activities can be purchased during your visit. These include costumed photography, mine tours, candle-dipping and coach rides which are subject to limited availability and should be booked and paid for at the relevant location on the day. Pre-booking these experiences online is not available at the moment.
How do I buy an annual pass?
Where can I purchase gift vouchers?
Gift Vouchers can be purchased from the Customer Service desk. You can also purchase a Gift Voucher by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following details in your request.
- Name of recipient
- Name of sender
- Senders contact phone number
- Voucher inclusions:
- General Sovereign Hill Admission
- AURA Sound and Light Show
Can I re-enter Sovereign Hill on the same day?
You sure can. See our friendly front entrance team who will issue you a pass-out to return on the same day as your booked visit.
The day I want to attend is sold out online, can I get a ticket at the entrance?
If the day you want to attend the museum is showing sold out online then no additional tickets are available and will not be available at the entrance. Please check our online system to make sure tickets are available for your chosen day. Please prebook tickets for everyone, including children and babies to avoid disappointment.
Do you offer cancellations?
General Admission, AURA and Accommodation are non-refundable. All tickets sales are final. If the museum is unable to open due to conditions restricting our ability to operate, then a full refund will be processed.
You can view Sovereign Hill’s booking terms and conditions here.
Can I re-schedule my booking?
In the event that you cannot attend on your booked date for General Admission or AURA and have advised us at least 48 hours prior to your arrival, a change of date may be offered subject to the discretion of Sovereign Hill. No more than one date change will be processed per booking.
Failure to attend on the say without prior contact will result in forfeiture of the booking. Tickets cannot be exchanged for credit or cash, transferred into another name or sold to another party.
Cancellation requests should be made in writing to email@example.com
4. Sovereign Hill Hotel
Can I stay onsite at the hotel?
Yes, the Sovereign Hill Hotel is open. We offer a range of room styles at the Hotel, from spacious family rooms to private couples’ rooms there is something for everyone at the Sovereign Hill Hotel. The Hotel boasts a private entry to the Sovereign Hill Museum for Hotel guests making your visit that little bit more effortless.
For further information about our Hotel please visit our accommodation page.