Review: Sovereign Hill
Top Oz Tours offers a day tour to Sovereign Hill from Melbourne. You can book the tour here.
And it was well worth the 40-or-so-minute drive! Sovereign Hill is a replica gold mining town situated on the site of a 19th century mine, and it provided a fun and engaging day out for all of us — including our teenage son. The name Ballarat is thought to been derived from two Wadawurrung words: ‘balla’, meaning elbow or reclining on the elbow, and ‘arat’, meaning place — such as a camping or resting place. But by all accounts, there was nothing restful about the area once gold was discovered in 1851!