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Daily activities

Our daily program includes a range of scheduled activities, with something to interest everyone. There’s coach rides, gold panning, a spectacular gold pour, underground mine adventures, theatre shows, and sweet making and musket firing demonstrations to name a few. Our costumed staff and volunteers are happy to pose for photos and welcome you into their shops, factories and homes.


Main Street

Experience our entertaining street performances:

  • The digger wedding
  • Lola Montez
  • The Redcoats
  • The Licence Hunt
  • The Preacher

See our original performances in the Victoria Theatre:

  • The Anti-Chinese League
  • A Morning Call

Mine adventures

(Limited capacity to ensure visitor safety)

Journey through the Labyrinth of Gold
Learn about the everyday dangers of 19th century gold mining. See how Ballarat's miners lived and worked as they blasted and dug out the rich gold-bearing layers of quartz rock. This tour includes demonstrations of the technology they used and the chance to view areas of original workings.

The New Australasian No. 2 Mine disaster at Creswick remains one of Australia's worst underground mining disasters. When the mine flooded, 27 men were trapped underground. This is the moving story of the heroic three-day battle to save them. In the end, only five men came out alive.

The Secret Chamber
Walk through a maze of tunnels with only flickering candlelight to guide you past dig sites, shafts and forbidden places, until you reach The Secret Chamber.

The sound of traditional Chinese music draws you in - and the rock walls reveal their secret! Watch in wonder as the story unfolds around you - the story of Chin Tem and his brother is a tale based on the adventures of the young Chinese diggers who flocked to Ballarat in the 1850s in search of gold.

The new Secret Chamber, which is presented in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Indonesian, is also available as an OpenAccess Tour using for visitors who are Deaf or have hearing impairments.

The Secret Chamber has been completed in a creative partnership with Resolution Independent, from Melbourne. Sovereign Hill's contribution to the upgrade has been supported by a grant from the Commonwealth Government's Tourism Quality (T-QUAL) program.

Something for everyone

  • Orientation tour
  • Goldfields tour
  • Gold panning
  • Blacksmith
  • Musket firing
  • Theatre events
  • Sweet making
  • Gold pour
  • Coach rides
  • Redcoat soldiers
  • Gold mine tours
  • Steam powered machinery
  • Candlemaker
  • Candle dipping
  • Metal spinning
  • Bowling
  • Wheelwrighting
  • Horses & stables
  • Street activities

Discover more on our visitor map