Gold gold GOLD!!!
Yup…that is what Ballarat is all about. It is basically a re-creation of the gold rush period that hit Australia, particularly Victoria.
Once prospering on gold mining, Ballarat today has an urban population of 90,200 people. First established in 1838, you can now catch a glimpse of living history in this largest inland city in Victoria right here in Sovereign Hill Historical Park. The Park recreates a gold mining settlement right to the T and there is no doubt about it – if you love history, this is the place to go.
There is a candy shop where you can catch candy making demonstrations every few half an hours or so (I think). Free samples are available too, making this stop very popular with children. There is a little farm just lying somewhere on the fringes of the Park, allowing you up close and personal attention with goats, sheeps and the cutest little lambs. If you’re not the type for cutesy, sweet stuff, then there is a gold refining process demonstration – which is a hit with adults – and a gun shooting display.
Definitely worth a trip if you like history, gold and costumes OR just itching for material for your gallery!
WARNING: Definitely not for history-haters and those get bored easily.