Step back in time as Sovereign Hill celebrates traditional Easter fun with a school holiday program that includes steam engine tours, pantomime performances, hands-on craft activities, and even a tiger on the loose!
Visitors can witness a $150,000 gold pour, pan for real gold, and strike it rich just like the ladies and gents of the goldfields. From an underground mine tour adventure, to candle-making and bowling, discover what’s made Sovereign Hill Australia’s best ‘Major Tourist Attraction 2015’ at the recent Australian Tourism Awards.
Some of the special activity highlights include:
The Tale of the Bengal Tiger – What would be the last thing you’d want running loose on the goldfields? What about a Bengal Tiger? Hear the strange tale of the tiger that escaped and created havoc on the Ballarat diggings in 1855, told using the latest in 1850s Magic Lantern technology! 3.30pm daily, Victoria Theatre.
Stoked – Take a tour of our steam-powered machinery and take home some crushed quartz rock that might contain gold.
Mr and Mrs Crosby’s School of Charm – Mr & Mrs Crosby, proprietors of the Victoria Theatre, have decided to set up a School of Etiquette to cash in on … err… help newly-rich diggers and their ‘ladies’ behave like real ladies and gentlemen. Nothing quite goes to plan however, so come along to meet the Crosbys and participate in some old fashioned family fun! Victoria Theatre, 11.15am daily.
Snow White Pantomime – The classic children’s story told in pantomime form for the pleasure of children of all ages. Will pure and sweet Snow White escape the jealous machinations of her vain Evil Stepmother? Find out in this knockabout performance. Victoria Theatre, 2.15pm daily.
Technology in action – Visit our skilled craftsmen to see how they carry out their everyday tasks, some using the steam-powered machinery that made life on the goldfields easier than ever before! Visit the Blacksmith everyday at 11am, 2.30pm and 4pm. Also, marvel at the steam-powered stamper battery as it crushes quartz rock from the gold mine at Battery House each day at 11.30 am, 1.15 pm, 1.45 pm, 2.30 pm, and 3.30 pm.
Candle making – See the candlemaker use a ‘Nodding Donkey’ to make candles. 11.30am and 2.30pm daily at the Candleworks.
Visitors can also make the most of the newly launched VIP Gold Pass, which includes entry into Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum, unlimited coach rides (with priority queuing), a Labyrinth of Gold mine tour, Devonshire Tea, an express Costume photo experience, a Touch of Gold experience (where you get to touch the $150,000 gold bar as part of the gold pour), and a return pass valid for 12 months.