Sovereign Hill

By Emma, Australia, February 2013

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Melbourne’s fortunes were made in the Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, when thousands of migrants descended upon the area after the discovery of gold. The town of Ballarat was at the epicentre of the gold rush and today recreates the buildings, atmosphere and fashions of the time at Sovereign Hill.

A huge outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill is a recreation of a ‘wild west’ town typical of the gold rush era. Ladies, gentleman, prospectors and craftsmen wander Main Street and Redcoat soldiers’ parade and drill as a show of their military might. Typical shops, schools, theaters and hotels line the Main Street and visitors can peer in at a ‘real’ blacksmith, candle maker or coach builder as they set about their work on authentic, working machinery.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Melbourne Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Melbourne.

Photo courtesy of Peterdownunder via Wikimedia Commons

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