It’s good news for the region with Ballarat tourist attraction Sovereign Hill set to reopen at the end of the month.
Earning a solid reputation as Australia’s best ‘Major Tourist Attraction’, Sovereign Hill will once again provide a unique Australian experience and a full day of entertainment when it reopens to the public once again on Saturday 27 June – the first day of the Victorian school holidays.
For the first three months, the outdoor museum will only operate three days a week, from Friday to Sunday and tickets will be limited to 1000 visitors per day, allowing 20 sqm per person of fresh open-air space to enjoy.
Alongside capacity limitation, various adjustments have been made to the way Sovereign Hill operates, with the popular Winter Wonderlights on hold for 2020 and some experiences not yet operating, and unfortunately the Gold Museum, sound and light show Aura and Narmbool will remain closed until further notice. A range of hygiene and social distancing measures will also be introduced to provide a safe and welcoming experience for all but we imagine you’ll still be able to pan for gold, enjoy walking tours and chat with skilled craftsmen at work in the blacksmith’s forge, the candle works, the wheelwright’s plant, the coach builder’s and the confectionery factory.
“Our primary priority on re-opening is to ensure that we can provide a safe, hygienic and secure site for our staff, friends, families and visitors while ensuring an excellent experience. We are confident we can achieve both with the support of our excellent team,” says Sovereign Hill Museums Association chief executive Sara Quon.
Usually welcoming more than 750,000 visitors annually, the closure of the attraction due to the coronavirus pandemic was a major blow for both the tourism industry and the regional city of Ballarat.
If you’re keen to get out of the house and dive into Australia’s great 1850s gold rushes, you’ll have to plan your visits in advance as tickets will be subject to mandatory pre-purchase and will go on sale from June 17.
To find more information or to book your tickets, visit the website.