Sunday, 6 January 2013

MELBOURNE - Going for Gold!

Sovereign Hill town

Our 2nd day in Melbourne, and we are going for gold! Yes, we spent our day in an old mining town in Victoria, Australia. 

Ballarat has gained popularity during the gold rush period in 1851, being home to the richest alluvial goldfield in the world. Population boomed then, as people all over the world seek their fortune in this place.

Long after the gold has run out, the town has retained its rich gold heritage in the form of opulent buildings, fountains and tourist attractions.  

And if you want to experience how it was during the gold rush, Ballarat has Sovereign Hill

Old world appeal @ Sovereign Hill
An open museum recreated to look like the gold township in the 1850s. Costumed ladies and gents, venture underground to see and feel how it is to be a miner, tour the town in a horse-drawn coach, shop 1850s style, see how gold is melted and molded into bars, utensils, etc., and try your luck and pan for real gold. If you find one (or more), it's yours.

The farms during the 1850s

A typical gold panning site

Town's bulletin board

Marching along the streets of Sovereign Hill

The Church and the Fire station

From the medicine man

A typical vehicle back then

A costumed lady sitting on a porch enjoying the crowd

Sovereign Hill sites

Smelting, candy-making, and candle-making

And yes, we did found gold!

Eureka!

Check-out my other posts on Australia:

Day 1 in Melbourne - Of wombats, koalas and penguins

The Majestic 12 Apostles of Victoria, Australia

Through the New South Wales countryside

Four days in Sydney


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