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Discover the Magic of Gold at Sovereign Hill

Step back in time and experience the ‘Magic of Gold’ at Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill: an open-air museum in Golden Point

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An aerial view of the park

From the dazzling feats of a magician, to panning for real gold, the program is jam-packed with new activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Program highlights include:

A Magic Show – The proprietors of the Victoria Theatre have engaged the services of a marvellous magician. Prepare to be dazzles by impossible feats of wonder (and have a good

Magic Lantern Show – Hear the strange tale of the tiger that escaped and created havoc on the Ballarat diggings in 1855. Told using the latest 1850’s Magic Lantern technology, this show is not to be missed.

Craft Activities –Kids can try their hand at some creative crafts, with a gold theme, to take home.

The Hunt for Gold – Panning for gold wasn’t easy. There was no guarantee that you’d strike it lucky and find gold, and no guarantee you’d keep it! Learn about the fortunes and misfortunes
of life on the goldfields.

Sovereign Hill recreates the thrills of Australia's gold rush in the 1850s

Gold nugget Sovereign Hill
Gold nugget found

There will also be daily Gold Pour demonstrations, where visitors can watch Sovereign Hill’s blacksmiths pour a $160,000 gold ingot; Mine Tours, including the new Normanby Mine Surface Tour where you will discover ruins in a restricted area of Sovereign Hill; and the ‘Wonderful Things’ exhibition at the Gold Museum, celebrating 40 years of the museum’s amazing exhibitions that include everything from taxidermy, fashion, art and weaponry.

At night, families can be a part of the new sound and light show, AURA. Explore space, delve into the Dreamtime, and re-live Australia’s most important rebellion – all while travelling under the night sky.

More Information

Daily gold bar making demonstration at Sovereign Hill
Daily gold bar making demonstration at the park

The summer holidays program will run from Wednesday, 26 December 2018 until Sunday, 27 January 2019.


Wednesday, 26 December 2018 until Sunday, 27 January 2019.


Sovereign Hill is open from 10am until 5:30pm, daily.


Magic of Gold at Sovereign Hill


Bradshaw Street, Ballarat


See website for ticket details

Purchase your Sovereign Hill Entry Ticket now!

Where to stay:

Sovereign Hill Hotel

Make reservation at the Sovereign Hill Hotel today.

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