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Summer Series

1 December - 28 February

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This Summer, experience Sovereign Hill in a different light. Connect with friends, families and loved ones and create lasting memories in a season defined for arts, performances and outdoor play. 

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What’s on daily

The Diggings
10am – 12pm

The start of the day is always a bustling time on the diggings. Miners are waking up ready to start their day’s work. New arrivals are trying to find their bearings in a strange land. Is today the day you could find your fortune?

Gold-panning
Get your Gold Licence, grab a pan and head to the diggings to find some buried treasure of your own. Our friendly diggers are on hand to offer handy, gold-panning tips.
Where: The Diggings, Map no. 8
Time: 10am - 5pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Red Hill Mine
Venture underground into our deep lead mine to witness the discovery of the 'Welcome Nugget' found in 1858. This is a free self-guided tour. Duration 15 minutes. (Masks must be worn on all underground mine tours)
Where: Red Hill Mine, Map no. 6
Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Meet the Butcher
A diet of damper and mutton might keep you alive but it wasn’t a varied diet. Head down to the Butcher’s Shambles and meet one of the richest people on the Diggings.
Where: Butcher’s Shambles (near the Diggings), Map no. 8
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Pol the Sly Grog Seller
Take a seat out the front of Pol’s tent and she’ll explain how she survives on the diggings but make sure you keep an eye out for the Troopers.
Where: Pol’s tent (near the Diggings), Map no. 8
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Musket-firing Demonstration
Our troopers showcase the weapons they use to maintain law and order. Don’t forget to cover your ears!
Where: Government Camp, Map no. 3 and Post Office, Map no.16
Time: 11am (Government Camp) 1pm (Post Office)
Cost: Included in your ticket

Diggings Tour
The early days of the goldfields were a chaotic time. Learn what life was like during this tumultuous time on our diggings tour.
Where: Government Camp, Map no. 3
Time: 10.30am, 11.30am
Cost: Included in your ticket



Main Street
12pm – 2pm

Gold wasn’t the only way to find your fortune. Perhaps becoming a shop keeper would be a better fit for you? Head up to Main Street to experience the establishment of life in Ballarat.

Confectionery Demonstration
See our confectioners make our world-famous boiled lollies from scratch. You may even walk away with a sample or two!
Where: Brown's Confectionery Factory, Map no. 27
Time: Demonstrations occur throughout the day
Cost: Included in your ticket

Red Hill Photographic Rooms
In this exclusive experience, get dressed in beautiful Victorian-era costumes and get your 1850s-style portrait taken.
Where: Red Hill Photographic Rooms, Map no. 12 & John Alloo’s
Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: Starting from $38 (single) | $79 (family)
Booking details: Places limited, bookings essential. Book upon arrival at the Photographic Rooms.

Arts & Craft
Making It Australia winner and Ballarat darling George Buchanan has partnered with Sovereign Hill to share her creativity and love of making in our arts and crafts space. Unleash your creativity using George’s exclusive designs.
Where: Carver and Dalton, Map no. 10
Time: 11am-4pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Blacksmithing Demonstration
Watch our blacksmith beat red hot metal to shape ironware like they did during the gold rush. Find out why the blacksmith was one of the most important people on the goldfields.
Where: Dilge’s Blacksmiths, Map no. 9
Time: 11.45am, 1pm and 2pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Printing Demonstration
See our talented printers make a variety of printed materials using original machinery from the gold rush era.
Where: Ballarat Times Office, Map no. 13
Time: 12.30pm and 1.30pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Coach Rides
See the sights at Sovereign Hill from the comfort of a horse-drawn coach.
Where: Departs from the Horse Bazaar, Map no. 32
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: Adults $6 | Children $4.50 | Family $19
Bookings: Places limited, bookings essential. Book upon your arrival at the Horse Bazaar.

Redcoat Soldiers
See our Redcoat soldiers march, drill and fire their rifles.
Where:
Victoria Theatre balcony, map no. 26
Time: 1.30pm
Cost: Included in your ticket


Speedwell Street
2pm – 3pm

Domestic life is flourishing in Speedwell Street. Explore the different living conditions of the residents of the township. Take the time to wander the gardens, discover the kitchens and decide whether you and your family would be comfortable with 1850s life.

Speedwell Street Cottages
Wander through our Speedwell Street and meet the neighbourhood’s friendly residents. Find out what life was like for an 1850s family.
Where:
Speedwell Street, Map no. 55
Time:
2pm – 3pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Wheel-making Demonstration
Step inside a real wheelwrights’ workshop and see how our team make our horse-drawn vehicles and accessories. They’ll even show you how they make a wheel from scratch
Where:
Proctor’s Wheelwrights & Coachbuilder, Map no. 44
Time: 1.50pm and 2.30pm
Cost: Included in your ticket



Mining and Manufacturing Precinct
3pm – 5pm

A few years have passed and the easy to find gold is becoming more scarce so the mines are journeying deeper and darker underground. Discover how life became easier for Ballarat residents with the arrival of new technology.

Gold Pour Demonstration
Experience the magic of pure gold smelted and poured into a $250,000 bar. You may even get a chance to hold the bar!
Where: Gold Smelting Works, Map no. 28
Time: Demonstrations occur throughout the day
Cost: Included in your ticket

Quartz Mine Tours
Explore a labyrinth of tunnels and original mine shafts hidden below Sovereign Hill. Head underground and experience what life was like for a miner. Duration: 45 minutes. (Masks must be worn on all underground mine tours)
Where:
Sovereign Quartz Mine, Map no.35
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: Family $22.00 | Adults $8.00 | Children $4.50 (toddlers free but must have a booked ticket)
Booking details: Places limited, bookings essential. Book upon your arrival at the Quartz Mine Hut.

Candlemakers Demonstration and Candle-dipping
Mr and Mrs Hewitt are hard at work making candles, but they still have time to help you make your very own rainbow candle. Have fun dipping candles in pots of various colours.
Where:
Hewitt's Yarrowee Soap & Candle Works, Map no. 37
Time: Demonstrations occur throughout the day
Cost: Demonstrations are included in your ticket. A charge applies for candle-dipping sessions.

Surface Machinery Tour
Take a look at the inner workings of our mighty steam engines and learn about mining technology.
Where:
Engine House, Map no. 36
Time: 3.30pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Voltaic Battery Blasting Demonstration
Perhaps the most dangerous part of the mining trade was blasting. Find out whether the innovative Voltaic Battery blasting system was the best solution to the dangers.
Where:
Parade Showground, Map no. 34
Time: 3.30pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Fire Station
Members of the Fire Brigade are waiting for the bell to ring to indicate a fire, but will they be ready if a fire sweeps through?
Where:
Fire Station, Map no. 40
Time:
3.45pm – 4.45pm
Cost: Included in your ticket