ustralia is blessed with natural beauty. Scenic mountains, waterfalls, beautiful hills, stunning beaches, dense and beautiful forests, tranquil lakes are all part of the beautiful scenery of Australia. But, there are also many beautiful spots that have been created by man. These manmade structures are way too beautiful and reflect the rich culture and traditions of Australia. Sovereign Hill is also such marvel. It is a beautiful museum. The museum showcases the first 10 years of Ballarat after 1851, when the gold was discovered.
Location of Sovereign Hill
Sovereign Hill is one of its kinds open air museum in Golden Point, located at Ballarat in Victoria Australia. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Victoria, Australia and a proud for Ballarat.
History of Sovereign Hill
The museum was built to preserve the historical buildings. The idea surfaced in the year 1960. Officially, the museum was opened in the year 1970 on 29th of November. This is also the site where the 2nd largest gold nugget in the world was also found. (i.e. in Ballarat in the Red Hill mine)
Well, if you are thinking that this place is only a good option for those who have an inclination towards history, you are absolutely wrong. People who have an interest in history will surely enjoy it a little more, but that does not mean that others will get bored. The children and teenagers will equally enjoy inside the museum.
The place is spread across 25-hectare of land just near the world’s richest alluvial gold rush. Once in the museum, you will feel like you have stepped in an altogether different world. Everything inside the museum is so 1850s.
Things To Do
There are as many as 60 historic buildings recreated. You can see men and ladies going from here and there wearing the costumes dating back to the 1850s. You can click as many pictures you want with them and can also chit- chat and know the history of the place. You can take a ride in a carriage drawn by a horse and see the parade.
Gold digging at the museum is like once in a life time experience. There is a winding creek from where the visitors can pan real gold. There is also a Gold Pour. Real gold, worth $100,000 is melted and poured here into a 3 kg bullion bar.
There is also something for the adventure enthusiasts. The underground mine tour featuring an inclined tramway ride was super thrilling and fun. You can also shop for some antique 1850 style goods.
The nights at the museum are was very entertaining. The sound-and-light shows are amazing. You can have a delicious and a fulfilling meal at the hotel in the complex. If you are in Sovereign Hill, accommodation is not at all a problem. Stay at the Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill is an amazing and comfortable hotel to stay in.
The place is amazing. You get to see and learn so much at the Sovereign Hill. It is a must visit.
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