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Sovereign Hill Lookout

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Magpie Street, Golden Point VIC 3350

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  • Lookout
  • Shelter
  • Information sign
  • Map of historical sites
  • Bench seating
Head up to the summit of Sovereign Hill and look down over the world-renowned goldfield along Golden Point's Main Road! 

Learn about the famous "jewellers shops" where miners were unearthing incredible amounts of alluvial gold, the method of using the lines of slate as an "Indicator" to find rich areas on quartz reefs, and a few of the most successful mining companies which operated on the goldfield below.

This spot also offers beautiful views across to Mount Warrenheip, Mount Buninyong, and down over the Sovereign Hill Historical Park. 

A shelter stands at the summit of the hill along with bench seating, an information sign, and a map of the historical sites located below. 

Information sign at Sovereign Hill Lookout

A beautifully presented information sign displays a historical photograph taken from this spot, and includes labels pointing out several mining companies which operated on the scene. 

The information sign displays the following text:

South of this site, the Canadian and Prince Regent Gullies proved fabulously rich in alluvial gold when they were worked in 1853. At the junction of these leads near the Canadian Creek, (just to the east of Geelong Road) ere the famed 'jeweller's shops', which yielded up to 500 oz (14kg) of bright nuggety gold for every foot (30cm) mined. This was perhaps the richest patch of alluvial gold the world has known. The crudely-sunk blacksmith's hole nearby produced more than a ton of gold from a claim only 24 feet (7.2m) square. 

About 1870, when many of the deep lead alluvial mines had been worked out and Ballarat mining was in a depressed state, a new clue was discovered. Where thin bands of dark-coloured slates crossed the quartz veins, the quartz was often unusually rich in gold. By following these lines of slate, miners were able to find these rich spots with a minimum of 'dead' work. Since the slates indicated the direction that mining should proceed, they became known as The Indicator. 

The Indicator line ran north-south virtually through this site, and the quartz mines labelled in the photograph were some of the most spectacular examples of the success of adopting this method. The Woah Hawp Canton (Co-operative Association of Canton), for example, was a company of Chinese originally engaged in alluvial mining. They were persuaded to sink for quartz veins, but knew nothing of quartz mining and brought in a compatriot from Bendigo to manage operations. In one shallow vein alone on the Indicator, several patches of solid gold up to 300oz (9.5kg) were found. The shaft was eventually sunk to 1100 feet (335m), with similar finds repeated many times. The Chinese were said to have been able to return to Canton 'to end their days in affluence'. 

This is the site of the Speedwell mine which was owned by " Madame Midas ", Alice Cornwall, a very successful mining entrepreneur who was involved in a number of large projects around Ballarat. 

This site is part of Ballarat's Gold Trail.

For further information please contact the Visitor Information Centre - 39 Sturt Street - 1800 44 66 33

How to get to the Sovereign Hill Lookout

The Sovereign Hill Lookout is accessed via Magpie Street. You turn in to the entrance to the Sovereign Hill Hotel, and follow the road around to the right and up the hill.

Is the Sovereign Hill Lookout free to visit? 

Yes, this lookout is located on public land which overlooks Sovereign Hill. You do not need to pay entry to Sovereign Hill to visit this lookout.


  • There are many great places throughout the Goldfields that offer gorgeous, panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.


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