Sunday 14 October 2018

Day Four - Sovereign Hill

Here we are, enjoying our road trip adventure, though today didn't involve any driving. My brother & his family drove out from Melbourne to meet us at Ballarat & today we checked out Sovereign Hill. For non-Aussies (& those Aussies who snoozed through Australian history lessons at school!) Ballarat was once one of the busiest gold mining centres in Australia & Sovereign Hill is a theme park built around this history.

Here is the central 'mine'. We did a few mini tours that looked at various aspects of the gold rush, including a couple of underground tours. It gets jolly dark down there, we decided! :0)

And historic Ballarat has been recreated. The shops all have lovely historic displays, showcase skills & professions of a past era ... & have some lovely things to buy. :0)

There are also some fabulous old buildings that have been beautifully restored, including this house that had a gorgeous cottage garden. That's my brother in the garden. I'd say he's more vintage rather than historic! :0)

And there just HAD to be some prospecting to do, right?! :0) I think GB & my brother had as much fun as the nephews panning for gold! They also got to dip candles & ride in a horse drawn wagon. We had a fantastic day and walked MILES, so I suspect we'll all sleep well tonight ... The grown ups even more than the kids! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Tomorrow it's back on the road & heading further south to start our trek along the Great Ocean Road, so stay tuned for the next instalment. :0) Til next time ...




Marilyn said...

I’m so enjoying your travel posts. There’s so many amazing places to visit in Australia aren’t there. Looking forward to tomorrow’s post.

Raewyn said...

It's interesting being on holiday with you Kris..thanks for sharing what you're up to :-)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Looks like fun ❤️❤️

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