Sovereign Hill and Blood on the Southern Cross

Sovereign Hill - Main Street
Redcoats on Main Street
Horses - Drag
Gold Panning
Mine Tour
Mine Tram
Horses Golden Point Road
Sovereign Hill - Confectionery Making
Sovereign Hill - Miner Gold Panning
Sovereign Hill - Gold Pour demonstration
Blood on the Southern Cross
Blood on the Southern Cross

Step back in time to the 1850s with Ballarat's recreated goldfield town of Sovereign Hill, offering 25 hectares of street theatre, attractions and part of the world's richest alluvial goldfields. Meet the characters who roam the streets and learn about the behaviours and prejudices of the time with entertaining demonstrations. You'll also have the opportunity to shop, visit Red Hill Mine, pan for real gold and learn about the discovery of the Welcome Nugget, a 69kg gold nugget the second largest ever discovered.

The night sky is then transformed with the multi-million dollar sound and light spectacular, Blood on the Southern Cross. Depicting the events of the Eureka Rebellion, the dramatic battle between the Government forces and local gold miners is retold with the opportunity to combine the show with a two course dinner option on Main Street's Charlie Napier Hotel.

In 2018 'Blood on the Southern Cross' will be in it's final season. Sovereign Hill has commenced work on a new Sovereign Hill by night experience which is yet to be announced. It is anticipated that 'Blood on the Southern Cross' will end approximately mid-2018 and the new evening sound-and-light show will commence late 2018. During the time after 'Blood on the Southern Cross' ends and the new show starts, an alternative evening experience will be available (which is yet to be announced).


  • Pan for gold at the Red Hill Gully Diggings
  • Craftsmen at work in traditional 1850s trades
  • Demonstrations and street theatre performances
  • Blood on the Southern Cross night performance
  • More than 50 working horses, including Clydesdales & Percherons


Blood on the Southern Cross Show
Open: Daily
Commences: Show times are subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Shows may be delayed up to 10 minutes depending on light conditions.

Show Times - Subject to change
January & December - 9.15pm & 10.30pm
February - 9.00pm & 10.15pm
1 March - 2 April - 8.30pm & 9.45pm
3 April - 1 October - 6.45pm & 8.00pm
2 - 31 October - 8.15pm & 9.30pm
November - 8.45pm & 10.00pm

Dinner Time - Subject to change
January & December - 8.00pm & 9.15pm
February - 7.45pm & 9.00pm
1 March - 2 April - 7.15pm & 8.30pm
3 April - 1 October - 5.30pm & 6.45pm
2 - 31 October - 7.00pm & 8.15pm
November - 7.30pm & 9.15pm

Sovereign Hill
Open: Daily except Christmas Day
Times: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Times: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm (during daylight saving)

*Please note that ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ will be unavailable on the following dates: As above, Blood on the Southern Cross show will not be operating from mid-2018.

Additional Info

Children: 5-15 years charged at child rates. Children 16 years and over are charged as adults.
Operated by: Sovereign Hill Ballarat