Sovereign Hill is an open-air museum that depicts Ballarat's first decade after the discovery of the world's biggest alluvial gold in the 1850s. It is located on a 25-hectare land with authentically recreated buildings, horse-drawn carriages and staff and actors dressed in period clothing.
Being the museum buff I am, we travelled back in time and spent an entire day being wide-eyed tourists.
We wandered through the Chinese settlement, pretended to pan for gold, enjoyed 1850s-style shopping along the main street, had the famous meat pies from Hope Bakery, watched the redcoat solders and then an old-fashioned pantomime at the theatre, saw the $80,000 gold pour and soaked in the atmosphere of a historical township. There was just so much to see and do! Everyone we met in Ballarat was exceedingly friendly and accommodating, and I definitely hope to visit again someday. :)
You can view the slideshow of all our photos from Sovereign Hill here!