Ballarat Sovereign Hill Bus Tour
If I could go to Ballarat each week, just to walk around the streets of Sovereign Hill, I would be in heaven. Let me suggest you take this tour from Melbourne as it is fantastic to see all the old original gold mining antiques, the people dressed in period costumes and the hands on exhibitions at Sovereign Hill.
Have lunch in The New York Bakery. The food is delicious and the service first class. It's a period restaurant which adds a certain charm to the experience. Good fish n chips and it is licenced, so you can enjoy a beer or wine with lunch.
If you can, go on the tour down the mine. It is an original mine shaft where gold was found. Being underground really makes you appreciate the hardships the miners worked under just to make a living.
is a city steeped in history and was built from the rough hands of the
gold miners during the Victorian
Gold Rush of the 1800's.
Many went to Ballarat to make their fortunes
and there was huge amounts of gold taken from the soil in and around
Today there is still gold mining operations continuing in
Ballarat, and the city is a thriving community servicing the rural district,
with tourism a major player in the steady economy.
This tour will show you around the city of Ballarat, with historic
buildings over a century old, and give you an insight into the heritage
left by those fortune hunters of the gold rush era.
There is a choice of 2 separate tours where you will tour the replica
gold mining town of Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill has been built on
an actual gold mine site and recreates Ballarat as it would have been
during the gold rush period.
See fabulous exhibitions of old machinery,
antique furniture and have a try at panning for gold yourself. Sovereign
Hill is regional Victoria's top tourist attraction and you can spend
hours admiring the exhibitions and exploring the township.
You can also visit the Ballarat Gold Museum across the road from Sovereign Hill which houses fabulous artifacts
from days gone by, or the Ballarat
Wildlife Park, with a wonderful array of Australian animals.
tour you choose, you are guaranteed a wonderful day of historical awakenings.