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Travel – Sovereign Hill – Australia – Part 2

Sovereign Hill is an open air museum located in Golden Point which is a suburb of Ballarat, Victoria in Australia.

Goldrush Special

• The latest V/Line train initiative – the Goldrush Special now delivers visitors on to Sovereign Hill’s door.
• Inside the Goldrush Special a courtesy return service coach meets the train at Ballarat station and brings visitors straight away to Sovereign Hill.
• After four to five hours in your award winning attraction, the coach returns to Sovereign Hill.
• To generate the trip cheaper, those who travel aboard the Goldrush Special and show their valid V/Line tickets on arrival at Sovereign Hill, tend a 10% discount journey entrance price or a free ‘Cobb & Co’ coach ride.
Departs Melbourne to Ballarat
• Monday – Friday – 9.07 am (reaching Ballarat 10.38 am)
• Saturday – 9.08 am (reaching Ballarat 10.38 am)
• Sunday – 9.28 am (reaching Ballarat 10.50 am)

Departs Ballarat to Melbourne
• Monday – Friday – 3.58 pm (reaching Melbourne 5.33 pm)
• Saturday – 4.11 pm (reaching Melbourne 5.28 pm)
• Sunday – 4.11 pm (reaching Melbourne 5.28 pm)

Customers should purchase V/Line tickets from:
• V/Line stations
• Premium metropolitan stations
• V/Line agents
• vline.com.au
• Call V/Line on 136 196

Please note:
• The Goldrush Special transfer is just made for 20 or maybe more people.
• For primary school group travel visit www.vline.com.au/mytrain
• For group travel visit www.vline.com.au/groups or contact V/Line on 136 196 to debate the special travel arrangements.

Opening Times and Prices

Sovereign Hill
• 10 am to 5 pm every day except Christmas Day.
• During daylight-saving time, Sovereign Hill is open until 5.30 pm.
• Unlimited free parking on-site

Gold Museum
• 9.30 am to 5.30 pm every single day except Christmas Day.
• During daylight savings, the Gold Museum is open until 6 pm.
• Unlimited free parking on-site.

• Sovereign Hill is really a not-for-profit, community-based organization.
• Costs are quoted in Australian dollars and can include GST.
• Valid till 31 March, 2014. Governed by change with no warning

Sovereign Hill Entry Including Gold Museum
– Adult $47.00
– Concession $37.60
– Child (5-15) $21.40
– Family (2 adults & up to 4 children) $117.50
– Single Parent Family (1 adult & up to 3 children) $85.30
• Entry includes a full day of free activities.
• Additional charge for Coach Rides and Gold Mine Tours.
• Red Hill Mine Tours are free.

Gold Mine Tours
• $7.50 Adult
• $6.00 Conc.
• $4.00 Child (5-15)
• $20.00 Family (2A & 4C)
Coach Rides
• $5.50 Adult
• $5.00 Conc.
• $4.00 Child (5-15)
• $17.00 Family (2A & 4C)
Sovereign Hill Gold Pass Including:
• Gold Museum
• Unlimited coach rides
• 3 mine tours
• 1 souvenir gold bottle (per ticket type).
• 1 free return pass for day entry only
• Valid for 12 months from the date of original visit
• Not transferable
• Excludes Sovereign Hill Complimentary Gold Pass.
• Adult $77.00
• Concession $63.00
• Child (5-15) $38.00
• Family (2 Adults & up to 4 children) $199.00
• Single Parent Family (1 Adult & up to 3 children) $158.00

Get Two Days for One
• Sovereign Hill offers a whole lot fun and adventure.
• The 2-day visit generally is a practical option.
• Anyone can like a second visit to Sovereign Hill for a price of a single day’s entry.
• Experience Sovereign Hill at your leisure whilst having plenty of time to explore other Ballarat attractions on the same visit.
• Sovereign Hill’s 4-star Comfort Inn offers on-site accommodation.
• Made for families and couples.

Our daily program includes 18 scheduled activities. There are:
• coach rides
• gold panning
• a spectacular gold pour
• underground mine adventures
• theatre shows
• sweet making
• musket firing demonstrations
• shops
• factories
• homes

Sovereign Hill, Magpie St.
• It is open every day other than Christmas Day.
• The timings are from 10AM-5PM.
• It shall remain open till 5:50 PM in daylight saving.
• The “Disney Land” of Victoria is a recreated.
• 1850s gold mining town can be seen.
• Here, staff wears period costumes.
• Visitors can try their hand at panning for gold.
• $45 adult, $20.50 child.

Blood on the Southern Cross
• Open on Monday to Saturday evenings and some Sundays.
• Times vary.
• An 80-minute sound and light show.
• The show depicts the Eureka Uprising.
• $55 adult, $29.50 child.

Gold Museum
• Every day except Christmas Day
• The timings are 9:30AM – 5:20PM
• Sovereign Hill ticket gives entry to the museum as well.

Other Attractions of Ballarat

• Ballarat Botanical Gardens
• Lake Wendouree
• Australian Ex-POW Memorial

Gardens and Reserves
• Ballarat Botanical Gardens
• Buninyong Botanical Gardens
• Mt Buninyong Scenic Reserve
• Wetlands
• Street Gardens

• Lake Wendouree
• Lake Learmonth
• Lake Burrumbeet
• Lake Esmond

Popular Events & Features
• Begonia Festival
• Heritage Weekend
• Australia Day
• Harmony Fest
• Summer Sundays

Best time to visit / climate

• Ballarat has a moderate oceanic climate.
• It has 4 seasons.
• Its elevation is at 435 meters above sea level.
• This causes its mean monthly temperatures to tend on average 3 – 4 degrees Celsius.
• Maximum temperatures over the summer period frequently exceed 30.0 °C and often reach above 40.0 °C.
• The mean daily maximum temperature for January is 25.0 °C.
• The mean minimum is 10.8 °C.
• In July, the mean maximum is 10.0 °C.
• Average July minimum is 3.2 °C.

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How to get there?

• Sovereign Hill is located in the historic town of Ballarat.
• Sovereign Hill is found on Bradshaw Street.
• It might be easily accessed by car, or by train and tour bus services which operate daily from Melbourne.
• Sovereign Hill is a comfortable 90-minute drive from Melbourne over the Western Highway.
• It is only a couple of hours from Melbourne Airport.
• Observe the brown and white tourist signs that lead to Sovereign Hill and follow them, when in Ballarat.

To reach Ballarat
1. By car
• Ballarat is about ninety minutes drive from Melbourne around the Western Freeway, M8.
• Alternatively, from Geelong consider the southern a part of the A300.
• From Bendigo and Castlemaine go ahead and take northern section of the identical highway.

2. By train
• Frequent V/Line trains run from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne.
• The trip takes approx one hour and twenty minutes.
• Ballarat Station is in the core of the city.

3. By plane
• Ballarat is not served directly by any commercial passenger flights.
• You have to fly to Melbourne.
• There’s an Airport Shuttle Bus between Ballarat and Melbourne’s main domestic and international airport, Melbourne airport.
• It is generally known as Tullamarine on some booking sites.
The shuttle bus costs
– $30 for adults
– $76 for families
– $16 for children 3 to 16
– Children under 3 are free
• For more resources for Tullamarine see Melbourne airport.
• There isn’t a direct connection between Melbourne’s secondary Avalon airport and Ballarat.
• The options are to either hire a car, or obtain the coach to Melbourne’s Southern Cross railway station.
• Then take train to Ballarat.

4. Get around
• The Ballarat Visitor Information Centre is really a short walk through the Station.
• It operates an amiable visitor shuttle bus.
• This service links on the main attractions and also to Buninyong Township.
• You can find your way around Ballarat using a bicycle.
• There are two choices for bicycle hire.
Bicycle Centre Ballarat
– 24 Armstrong Street Nth
– Ph: +61 3 5334 4388
– Fax: +61 3 5331 8155
Welcome Nugget
– Bicycles for Hire
– 128 Lydiard Street Nth
– Ph: 0423 268 618
– ballaratonabike@rocketmail.com

Some Travel Books on Australia

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia In a Sunburned Country Frommer’s Australia (Frommer’s Color Complete)

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs/Sites about Sovereign Hill

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