Sovereign Hill Education provides programs that are developed and delivered by Sovereign Hill Education Officers, who are all experienced teachers. They provide unique on-site sessions, trails and education materials suitable for all students and designed to achieve VELS outcomes.
Victoria’s 1850s goldrush heritage is alive, exciting and very hands-on at Sovereign Hill with creative, stimulating and interactive experiences for school students and kindergarten classes.
Students experience Sovereign Hill indoors, outdoors, above-ground and below-ground, giving a tremendous variety for school excursions and ensuring an action-packed, fun day.
A day at Sovereign Hill is a day filled with fun and adventure. Discover all the action and excitement of life as it was in 1850s Ballarat during the greatest alluvial gold rush the world has ever seen.
Sovereign Hill is a living museum with working exhibits brought to life by costumed characters and over 40 horses. Set on 25 acres of an original mining site, Sovereign Hill is a goldfields town with shops, hotels, a theatre, schools, factories, a gold diggings and underground mines to explore.
Using the Sovereign Hill visitors map and timetable for the many shows and demonstrations, school groups can explore the town at their leisure, supervised by teachers and parent-helpers. Some activities must be pre-booked while others can be visited at any time.
Travel by tramway deep underground and experience life as a miner. You will be taken into the dark depths of the Sovereign Hill Quartz Mine and guided through a maze of tunnels. There in the cool darkness, you will visit the crib cuddy, meet the ‘Widow Maker’ and hear tales of untold riches.
Visit the Gold smelting works for an entertaining demonstration showing the processing of gold from discovery to the pouring of a spectacular gold ingot. At the Wheelwright and Coachbuilder shed, students watch skilled craftsmen make a hub and spokes and then assemble a coach wheel.
Watch the tinsmith at work making domestic items such as baking trays, scone and biscuit cutters, candleholders and lanterns. At the foundry students will see how metal household wares and even gold-pans were made. Ride in a Cobb and Co coach and imagine being held up by bushrangers.
See 19th century candle making machines in action at the Candle Works. Watch confectioners use original equipment and processes to make traditional boiled lollies. Visit the Apothecary – the chemist of the gold-rush era. The apothecary shop displays medical equipment and has a doctor’s surgery and herbal soaps, lotions, remedies and hairbrushes are all for sale. Buy a postcard and send it off with Sovereign Hill’s own postmark at the Sovereign Hill Post Office. There are plenty of souvenirs to choose from as a memento of your Sovereign Hill visit!