If you are on camp for a few days you might be able to see all of Sovereign Hill. If you have limited time you will have to make some decisions about what you want to see. Students can interact with our costumed staff and volunteers. Our museum can be divided into a number of areas.
You might wish to view our Interactive Map while reading these descriptions.
This represents the early days of the goldrush, leading up to the Eureka incident in 1854. It features huts of the lucky, the unlucky, the married, the single and the harsh living conditions endured by all. The rough but ingenious technology of the windlasses, windsails, whims and whips is on display and the Waterloo Store has an eclectic range of goods and supplies.
Panning for gold in the Red Hill Gully creek
The Chinese Camp
Our Chinese Camp has had a huge make-over. Using new technology, we tell the story of the Chinese protest against the race-based taxes imposed on them.
The beautiful Temple
Main Street and Trades, Crafts and Stores
Life became more permanent in Ballarat in the mid 1850s. People decided to stay and invested in buildings and businesses. Sovereign Hill boasts many working shops, stores and factories of the later 1850s.
Bath’s Hotel Stables
You may pre-order goods from the following stores:
Brown & Co. Confectionery Manufactory
Gold Smelting Works
William Hewett’s Yarrowee Soap & Candle Works
The Steam Operations
The area near the steam operations features a quartz mine from the 1890s. It is a big company mine where gold in quartz veins is being extracted.
The Poppet Head
The Boiler House and Engine Room
The Mine Blacksmith
The Battery House
For an extra fee you can go on a conducted mine tour of the quartz mine. School groups must pre-book this activity.
Speedwell Street is a residential area displaying domestic life from 1855. You can see the Red Hill National School and St Peters Denominational School. The houses on the higher side of the street show how the more affluent lived while those on the lower side are less salubrious.
Red Hill and St Peters schools
Davidson’s cottage and St Ives on the higher side
Chambers’ and Wain’s cottages on the lower side
The horseworks – a horse-drawn saw mill
Visiting our Friends of Sovereign Hill who inhabit the cottages and have a wonderful story to tell.
Activations, Demonstrations and Activities
(Times are subject to change)
All day in the creek