“Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.”
Accessibility InformationGeneral accessibility features:
- Wheelchair accessible rooms
- Assistance animal welcome
- Disabled parking access
All roads and paths are gravel. There is some uneven ground.
Main Street at Sovereign Hill is a gentle slope; however, other areas of the site are quite steep. All roads are accessible by wheelchair, but some visitors could find the gravel surfaces difficult to manage.
Underground mine tours are accessible for visitors in wheelchairs. Please enquire at the mine office on arrival for bookings.
Coach rides require visitors to climb several ladder steps.
Parts of Sovereign Hill have wide bluestone gutters between the timber boardwalks and gravel roads. Ramps for crossing the gutters are highlighted on the free Wheelchair & Stroller visitor map, which is available on entry.
Sovereign Hill is a re-creation of an early goldrush town with gravel roads, dimly-lit streets, bluestone gutters and uneven, hilly terrain. To ensure that patrons can safely navigate pathways and stairs, a good level of mobility is required for this walking tour.
Guests in wheelchairs are welcome and can be accommodated provided advance notice is provided.
Accessible rooms at Sovereign Hill Hotel
• 2 dedicated accessible car parks adjacent to Esmond Terrace
• A permanent access ‘ramp’ into the building
• Wide access entry door into the building
• Wide corridor to the 3 accessible rooms - 62, 63 & 65.
• All 3 rooms offer the same accessible amenities except for room 63,which also provides a 2nd connecting bedroom for a carer, if required.
Each accessible room has:
• Wide entrance door
• Wide bathroom access door
• Large bathroom for wheelchair access
• Hand and safety rails
• Accessible shower with shower curtain
• Accessible toilet
• Ramped access to private outdoor deck area.Vision Information:
Dogs at Sovereign Hill
Assistance animals are welcome at Sovereign Hill. However, for the safety and comfort of all Sovereign Hill’s patrons and the animals on-site as part of Sovereign Hill’s interpretation of goldfields life, other dogs are not permitted on Sovereign Hill’s premises.Hearing accessibility features:
- Sign language assistance or interpretation services
For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors, The Secret Chamber underground mine tour and the Gold Pour demonstration are available as an OpenAccess tour using Auslan translation and captions.
We have a small number of iPads available for loan. Please enquire when booking your tour. You can also access this service using your own device.
(Complimentary WiFi is available at the Mine Tour booking office.)Autism/Sensory accessibility information:
Sovereign Hill staff have created 14 social stories to enable people on the autism spectrum to become more familiar with Sovereign Hill before they visit with family or school.