Snow and Shine…

A trip to Sovereign Hill, what a great way to spend the day.

On thursday Britt, Emilie and myself took a spur of the moment trip up to Ballarat to spend a day jumping in puddles and searching for gold. The weather was pretty lousy, at a high of 9 degrees and raining but that couldn’t stop us from being excited and having heaps of fun. Sure there was a lot of crowding around heating vents (from the Gold Smelting) and spending time underground (in the awsome mines) to keep warm and dry. But there was one moment when we thought that it would start snowing it was that cold and it did! well sort of, it was a snow machine because Sovereign Hill is celebrating Christmas in July, it was beautiful with christmas wreaths, decorated christmas trees, gingerbread making classes and mince pies. Even though it was the school holidays there was not that many people there, probably because of the dismal weather but it couldnt keep us away 🙂

here are some of the photos I took from the day (I forgot my camera so they are all done on my iphone)



Always have to get one of these photos, the best part is dressing up in the beautiful dresses and hats

Immerse Yourself In the Excitement of Ballarat’s Goldrush Days at Sovereign Hill!

Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.

By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life! It’s just like stepping back in time – from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where you can pan for real gold and it’s yours to keep!

At Sovereign Hill, you can see a spectacular $100,000 gold pour, venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town. Go shopping 1850s-style and visit hotels, schools and a theatre with goldfields entertainers. See steam-driven machinery in action and chat with our wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners as they ply their trades.On our streets and in our theatre, you will be entertained by costumed goldfields characters who are happy to pose for a great photo
By night, Sovereign Hill presents its spectacular, multi-million dollar sound- and-light show, ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, the dramatic story of the 1854 Eureka Uprising.

Sovereign Hill’s commitment to authenticity and value-for-money family entertainment saw us judged as Australia’s Best Historic and Cultural Experience 2009 by Travelling in Australia Magazine.

$100,000 worth of gold, being melted and re shaped!

the bubble snow falling from the roof of the Victoria Theatre

Britt found and axe just lying around, so naturally she picked it up and began swinging

good enough to eat 🙂


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