Sovereign Hill and Goldrush Special (Ballarat)

Sovereign Hill and Goldrush Special (Ballarat)
Pan for real gold, see costumed ladies and gentlemen, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and journey underground on a gold mine tour. Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill is an amazing recreation of an 1850s goldrush town. Also, make sure to check out the spectacular 'AURA - Gold changes everything', an immersive, multi-sensory theatre experience. In conjunction with Sovereign Hill, V/Line operates a daily connecting service called the Goldrush Special. Find out more below.
Opening hours
Check the website for opening hours.
Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Victoria, 3350
Admission price

 Access to Sovereign Hill and the Gold Museum 

Adult: $58.50

Concession: $46.80

Children (5-15yrs): $26.20

Family (2 adults and up to 4 children): $148.00

Single family (1 adult and up to 3 children): $106.00

*Gold Mine Tours, Coach Rides and Sweet Experience all incur additional ticket costs. Visit the website to view all ticket prices and to book.

Special offer

As a V/Line customer you’ll receive a 10% discount on the entry price to Sovereign Hill* and a free Cobb & Co Coach ride when you travel on the Goldrush Special. Customers travelling with a myki will be given a coupon on board the shuttle bus from Ballarat Station to Sovereign Hill to redeem the special offer.

Note: The discount only applies to tickets purchased on arrival at Sovereign Hill. Discount not applicable to groups of more than 20 people. Your V/Line ticket is valid for travel on the Ballarat town buses at no extra cost.
Not valid on purchase of VIP Gold Pass.


Getting there

Train line
Closest station/stop

The Goldrush Special is a daily train service between Southern Cross Station and Ballarat Station, connecting with a coach transfer between Ballarat Station and Sovereign Hill. When you arrive at Ballarat station, follow the signs to the coach bay where Sovereign Hill's transfer coach will be waiting. If you have mobility issues or are in wheelchair, please contact Sovereign Hill prior to travelling on 03 5337 1199.

The return transfer coach departs from Sovereign Hill at 3:25pm on weekdays and 3:50pm on weekends. Your driver will let you know where to wait to be picked up.

No special V/Line ticket is required - just purchase the applicable V/Line fare for your journey.

For wheelchair or other accessibility needs please contact Sovereign Hill 24 hours prior to travelling. 

Journey times

Melbourne (Southern Cross) to Ballarat 

  Depart Southern Cross
 Arrive Ballarat
Monday-Friday  09:16  10:39
Saturday  09:16  10:40
Sunday  09:16  10:40

Ballarat to Melbourne (Southern Cross)

  Depart Ballarat   Arrive Southern Cross 
Monday-Friday  15:52  17:16
Saturday 16:13  17:40
Sunday 16:13  17:40


Travelling outside Goldrush Special times

Even if the Goldrush Special times don’t suit you, it’s easy to get to Sovereign Hill. Catch a V/Line train to Ballarat Station and from there take the number 21 bus.

Group bookings

Group discounts are offered by both V/Line (minimum 12 people) and Sovereign Hill (minimum 20 people). Both require reservations. Additional bus transfer charges apply to group bookings.

For group booking information please contact:

V/Line Group Travel - call 03 9619 2338

Sovereign Hill Groups department - call 03 5337 1199

Tip: Travelling on V/Line during off-peak times is more convenient and cheaper!