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Due to the state-wide lockdown, Sovereign Hill is temporarily closed to the public. Regular updates will be provided through Sovereign Hill's website and social media channels.

As the days grow longer and the evenings get chillier, we’re turning up the heat this winter. Explore fire, food and light on the goldfields, along with your favourite Sovereign Hill experiences.

Click here to download our Winter Program Map.

As with everything right now, things are a little different. But don't worry, we've got this. Our number one priority is the safety of our staff and visitors.

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
Will you strike it rich on our diggings? There’s only one way to find out! 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: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Meet the Butcher
A diet of damper and mutton might keep you alive but it wasn’t a very varied diet. But the Butcher wasn’t too worried about the nutrition of his customers. Head down to the Butcher’s Shambles and meet one of the richest people on the Diggings.
Where:
Butcher’s Shambles (just near The Diggings) Map no. 8
Time:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost:
Included in your ticket

Pol the Sly Grog Seller
Finding gold wasn’t the only way to find your fortune on the Goldfields. 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 (just near The Diggings) Map no. 8
Time:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost:
Included in your ticket

Trooper Musket Firing

Cover your ears! See our troopers in action as they show their weapons in a musket-firing demonstrations.
Where:
Government Camp, Map no. 3 & Post Office, Map no.16
Time:
11:00am (Government Camp) 1:00pm (Post Office)
Cost:
Included in your ticket

Diggings Tours

The early days of the goldfields were a chaotic time. The diggings became a melting pot of nations where friendships could become fractured by a hint of gold. Learn what life was like during this tumultuous time on our diggings tour.
Where:
Government Camp, Map no. 3
Time:
10:30 & 11:30am
Cost:
Included in your ticket

Red Hill Mine
Venture underground into our deep lead mine to witness the discovery of the fabulous 'Welcome Nugget' found in 1858, by a party of 22 brave Cornishmen. This is a free self-guided tour. Duration 15 minutes.
Where:
Red Hill Mine, Map no. 6
Time:
10:00am - 4:30pm
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
Meet Sovereign Hill confectioners and see them make our world-famous boiled lollies from scratch.
Where: Brown's Confectionery Factory, Map no. 27
Time: Demonstrations occur throughout the day
Cost: Included in your ticket

Blacksmithing Demonstration
Watch our blacksmith beat red hot metal to shape ironware like they did during the gold rush.
Where:
Dilge’s Blacksmiths, Map no. 9
Time:
11:45am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm
Cost:
Included in your ticket

Victorian Dining Tour

The food available on the Ballarat goldfields was more diverse than you think. No longer did you have to be satisfied with just mutton and damper every day. Find out more about how the Victorians dined.
Where:
Meet at the Post office, Map no. 16
Time:
1:30pm
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:
12:00pm, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
Cost:
Included in your ticket

Red Hill Photographic Rooms

In this exclusive experience, get dressed in beautiful Victorian costumes and get your portrait taken 1850s-style.
Where:
Red Hill Photographic Rooms, Map no. 12
Time:
10:00am-5:00pm (closed 12.30pm-2:00pm Tuesday and Thursday)
Cost:
Starting from $38 (single) | $79 (family)
Booking details:
Places limited, bookings essential. Book upon your arrival at the Photographic Rooms.

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:
1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost:
Adults $6 | Children $4.50 | Family $19
Bookings:
Places limited, bookings essential. Book upon your arrival at the Horse Bazaar.

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
Step inside our cottages and meet the residents of Speedwell Street.
Where: Speedwell Street, Map no. 55
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Washing Day
It’s washing day at Mrs Davidson’s house. Head around to the outside laundry and feel the heat coming off the copper.
Where:
Davidson’s Cottage, Map no. 52
Time:
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Cost:
Included in your ticket

Wheel-making Demonstration

Meet the unique characters of the Sovereign Hill Wheelwrights and watch in awe as they make a coach wheel from scratch.
Where:
Proctor’s Wheelwrights & Coachbuilder, Map no. 44
Time:
1:50pm and 2:40pm
Cost:
Included in your ticket

Redcoat Soldiers

See our Redcoat soldiers march, drill and fire their rifles.
Where:
Taylor’s Cottage, Map no. 43
Time:
3:00pm
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 before your eyes.
Where:
Gold Smelting Works, Map no. 28
Time:
Public demonstrations at 12:00pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm - Additional demonstrations may run throughout the day.
Cost:
Included in your ticket
Booking details:
Places limited, bookings essential. Book upon your arrival at the Gold Smelting Works.

Quartz Mine Tours
Journey through our underground mines and experience what life was like for a miner. Duration: 45 minutes.
Where:
Sovereign Quartz Mine, Map no.35
Time:
10:00am - 5:00pm
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 & Candle Dipping

It is getting darker earlier in the evening so head up to see Mr and Mrs Hewitt for some candles but make sure you don’t get the green ones! Then get hands-on with a rainbow kaleidoscope of colours. Have fun dipping candles in pots of various colours.
Where:
Hewitt's Yarrowee Soap and 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.

Bowling Saloon

Test your skills in one of the most popular games on the goldfields – nine-pin bowling! See if you can knock down all of the pins.
Where:
Empire Bowling Saloon, Map no. 40
Time:
2.30pm-5:00pm
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:
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Cost:
Included in your ticket

Voltaic Battery Blasting Demonstration

One of the most dangerous trades on the goldfields was mining, and 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:
4:00pm
Cost:
Included in your ticket

Engine House Tour

Take a closer look at the inner workings of our mighty steam engines and learn about the latest in mining technology.
Where:
Engine House, Map no. 36
Time:
3:30pm
Cost: Included in your ticket