Trekking off to the Gold Country, Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Victoria

BACK TO THE GOLD COUNTRY

I was keen to take my mum somewhere in Australia for a bit of a getaway. Up North was too hot!! South was too expensive! East was too far!! So Westward we headed. To the old gold town of Ballarat, Victoria.

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I did asked her to smile :-0

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Time to sail on the ferry

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Mum initially wanted to take the Spirit of Tasmania across the Bass Straits, but when I worked out the cost, my budget was almost over. So, I opted for a shorter cruise from Sorrento to Queenscliff via an easy (and way more affordable) 40 minute ferry ride across the beautiful Port Phillip Bay.

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Pretty much all to ourselves

There was no question that we were getting a hotel room and thanks to my mates providing me with a Travel Voucher for my birthday, I found us some lovely accommodation at the Ballarat Lodge for 3 days/ 4 nights of exploring this Grand old town of Ballarat.

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Hanging out by the School

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Now, my Mum is in her 70’s, so needless to say that most of our adventures where more driving than walking. But I did manage to get her out and about through the streets of Sovereign Hill. A beautiful replica village from the late 1800’s, when every man and his dog had made their way here to strike it rich and find that precious Gold.

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Ye old Main Street of Sovereign Hill

I really do love places like Sovereign Hill. They give you the chance to really imagine what it was like back in those days (minus the disease, filth and general nastiness that followed along in those kind of hastily built environments). I love seeing the people walking around in all their fine costumes and to visit the shops to see the olden day wares that they still stock on their shelves. I know it’s all one big theatre performance, but it’s still got a bit of magic, for me!!

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Thanks to Sovereign Hill’s great offer of two days for the price of one, we ventured through the old camp and down a bit of the main street on our first day there. Then we just got our ticket stamped and happily returned the following day to explore the high street and the rest of the main street that we had missed.

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Mum admiring the fashions

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Time for a bit of Devonshire Tea 🙂

Be it if you come here with the children, do a solo trip, or wander around with the mother like I did, the offer of two for one days into Sovereign Hill gives you the chance to really explore the town and take the time to soak it all in. Plus you get to see anything you missed on day one or just go and revisit your favourite places and shops.

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The lovely ladies in the Candle making shop

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They even do a night performance full of sounds and lights called “Blood on the Southern Cross” which I didn’t manage to see (as it was past mother’s bedtime), but my nieces who went later on school camp told me that it was AWESOME!!

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I’ll be back to Sovereign Hill, for sure!! There was simply too much that I missed!! And still so much more that I’m keen to check out again!! I want to ride the stage coach!!!

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The rest of our adventures around Ballarat was filled with driving around the pleasant Lake Wendouree, enjoying the Botanical Gardens. Walking down the main street while I ooed and aahed at the lovely old buildings and Signora had time to get her retail fix sorted by hitting the local shopping strip.

A work of Art, Mum!!

A work of Art, Mum!!

This trip was all about spending some time with Mum. The sights that we got to discover were just an added bonus. Wandering around Ballarat you see that it’s definitely a quiet town, but with ample to keep you amused. The region itself still has so much to offer too. From the Convent Gallery at Daylesford, the Hepburn Springs Spa and don’t forget Kryal Castle if you want to take a step even further back in time.

IMG_1356There’s beauty in even the smallest of things and Ballarat is a fine example of this. If you ever get the chance, take a wander through it’s pretty streets and let yourself unwind to a more gentler pace of life. 

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About the chameleon traveller

Since 1999 I've been travelling between Australia, Europe and South East Asia!!! and Still going Strong.. After 15 years of travels there's a backpack full of photos and a van load packed with stories that need to be shared. Not to mention the future adventures that are always just around the corner!!! Come Join Me!!
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2 Responses to Trekking off to the Gold Country, Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Victoria

  1. Nadia says:

    hey dear love the pictures of soverign hill. Saw the pic from your other post and it was awesome to see use in the pic, it seem only like it was last week that we all got together and seeing everyone down in the country. cant want to see you next,miss you. hear that you are enjoying your new job love to see some picture. Buy for now Nadia

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