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Blood on the Southern Cross

Still the Hottest Show in Town!

Blood on the Southern Cross is an explosive multi-million dollar sound-and-light show like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

The story of the Eureka Rebellion, a dramatic battle between gold miners and Government forces at Ballarat on 3 December, 1854, is retold nightly at Blood on the Southern Cross, Sovereign Hill’s acclaimed sound-and-light spectacular.

Set under the night skies at Sovereign Hill, Blood on the Southern Cross involves no actors – just voices, dazzling sound and light effects and a stunning open-air set. Visitors travel across the site on a comfortable transporter and view much of the action from the recreated Free Trade Hotel on the Eureka Diggings.

Experience the miners’ disgust at unfair gold taxes and witness the dramatic burning of the Eureka Hotel. Then, listen to Governor Hotham’s reasoning for a dawn attack on a band of men who were the first to swear an oath of loyalty on Australian soil to a flag that was not British – the flag of the Southern Cross.

Special packages include day entry to Sovereign Hill, dinner, show and on-site accommodation. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

Make a complete evening of your visit to Blood on the Southern Cross by enjoying a total package, inclusive of dinner prior to the show.

The evening menu features a two course buffet style dinner. Guests can purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from the bar.


Delivering Blood on the Southern Cross

  • Blood on the Southern Cross is a fully-automated production
  • The show is set over Sovereign Hill’s 25-hectare site
  • The show is controlled by eight computers and seven video projectors
  • Some of the dramatic fire effects in the burning of Bentley’s Eureka Hotel were the first ever attempted in Australia on a regular basis
  • The show operates with 3,000 lights
  • Several 10-metre tall lighting towers house state-of-the-art ‘intelligent’ lights capable of turning night into day
  • More than 110 kilometers of electrical control and fibre optic cable are buried underground enough to stretch from Ballarat to Melbourne
  • More than one million people have seen Blood on the Southern Cross
  • The show will soon be available in four foreign languages: German, Japanese, Chinese and French
  • Blood on the Southern Cross runs for 80 minutes, seven nights a week

Action Highlights

  • Images of trapeze artists and acrobats fly across a huge circus tent
  • The Eureka Hotel bursts into flames, and rain falls in a blinding storm
  • A runaway wagon careers towards the audience, crashing in a ball of fire