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  • Address: Bradshaw St
  • Hours: 10am - 5pm
  • Admission: Adult: $47; Concession: $37.60; Child: $21.40
Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill takes history to a whole new level. Houses, shops and places of work have all been carefully crafted on the 25 hectare site to reproduce an 1850s mining town.

The ‘township’ of over 60 historically recreated buildings revolves around Red Hill Mine. The Red Hill Mine is home to the second largest gold nugget in the world. The Welcome Nugget weighed 69kg, was almost 99% pure gold, and worth over $3million. A replica can be found at Sovereign Hill.

When at Sovereign Hill, don’t pass up the opportunity to pan for some gold of your own! The gold diggings are the centre of the entire complex. The two mines on Sovereign Hill have regular guided tours. The Red Hill Mine tour is self-guided, whilst the Sovereign Quartz Mine is a 40 minute tour showing several displays.

Main Street is the heart of the town, filled with shops and amenities that made life easier on the gold fields. A blacksmith’s workshop, photography studio, apothecary, stables, baker, grocer, jewellers shop, library and more line the main road. All are open to the public and replicate merchandise from the era. Visitors are given multiple opportunities to purchase souvenirs that characterise 1850s Australia.

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