Sovereign Hill magnificently recreates Ballarats first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851. To understand and truly appreciate the colonial history of Melbourne, Victoria, a visit here is a must.
Depart Melbourne for the open-air museum of Sovereign Hill, about 90 minutes outside of the city. Once here, you'll experience exciting street theater, enjoy live goldfields music, and panfor gold yourself. You never know you may strike it lucky.
Hear the amazing story of Mr Smith, your personal 19th-century guide. He will take you on his rags to riches story back in time, from the squalid, seedy streets of London to becoming one of the goldfields most successful gentlemen. Venture deep underground on a guided mine tour and imagine what it must have been like working deep beneath the earths surface day in and day out. Complete your tour at the famous United States Hotel with an ale or two.
Continue your journey with a visit to Daylesford, a spa country town well-known for its revitalizing springs. Enjoy its quaint village atmosphere and bustling Main Street, browse some of the renowned art galleries, and relax with a coffee.
Next, continue on to Trentham Falls (seasonal), Victorias highest single-drop waterfall. This natural landmark was formed some 5 million years ago. Unwind and soak in its stunning beauty before returning to Melbourne in the late afternoon.