Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sovereign Hill

We woke up at 6.00am to get ready for our day tour to Sovereign Hills. We traveled back on time to the 19th century town where gold was first discovered in Australia! I was so excited about this trip as there were a lot of interesting spots that we can visit as well as delicious foods that we must eat! Haha… For more information, you may visit here.

We took the train from Southern Cross station at 9.08am and it was about 90 minutes journey to Ballarat station.

Okay, here we are… we reached Ballarat station at about 10.35am. From there it was 15 minutes to Sovereign Hill by bus.

We were queuing to purchase the ticket…

1st stop: Gold Pour – Watch an $80,000 pure gold ingot being poured!

It was too dark inside so not managed to get clear photos…

He was pouring the melted gold into a gold handle and let it cool in ice water.


After the Gold Pour, we went for lunch as we were starving! Haha… we had chosen this New York Bakery that serve contemporary and traditional meals.

The costume is so lovely…

Fish & Chips
Chicken Baguette

2nd stop: Post Office
I went to the post office to send a postcard to Gim Theng as she likes to collect these kinda things. It is precious!!! = )

3rd stop: Wheelwright and Coachbuilder

There was a craftsman explaining how he builds and maintaining those wheels. Nothing fancy about this…so I took only few pictures. = P

4th stop: Steam Powered Machinery

We went to the top of the Steam Powered Machinery so we can catch some views. Actually, it is quite high and those staircases were made from wood. I was so afraid that it will break when I stepped on it!!!

5th stop: Bowling

Haha… this is funny! 19th century styled bowling game! One people have to stand in the end near the spikes and the other person will bowl. The person needs to rearrange the spike and roll back the ball. It is so manual!!!

6th stop: Gold Diggings

There’s a small river that allowed us to dig gold. See, I am trying to find gold!!! Wahahaha…

7th stop: Ballarat Times

This is a printing company. You may have your name printed on the poster. There were a few kinds of posters that you can choose. I had chosen something “Special”.

Here’s my poster and you can see me and hubby’s names on it!!! Hahaha… cool huh!

8th stop: Orientation Centre

This is a centre that displays the history of gold in Australia.

Welcome to the show!!! = D

We were not managed to visit all the spots as the time was too short. We only went for those attractive spots. There were 2 spots that we missed because it was fully booked for the day. They were the Photographic Rooms and Gold Mine Tour. For the Photographic Rooms, you may dress in old costumes and snap some photos. While for Gold Mine Tour, it is an underground adventure which you may sit on a train ride to the surface.

Pictures below were taken along the way we walked…

The Last Stop that we went to was the Gold Museum.

Nothing much for the Museum...may be I was not really into the Museum things. Hehe :P

~The End~

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