Well it's the school holidays here and if you are looking for something fabulous to do with the kids, I suggest you take them to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. We travelled there last Summer and literally struck gold. It's only a short drive out of Melbourne and was a fantastic memory maker of a day. The Beach House Brats are still talking about it.
Ahhh the lure of striking it rich.. I've never seen Mr Beach House work so hard, as he panned for gold and rocked the cradle for the elusive gold. He was never interested in rocking it when it contained a baby.
With the price of gold so high at the moment, we probably earned more that day than we do in a whole week at the boat factory. It was more fun too. There's a definite art to panning for gold and I got the hang of it real quick, as did my babies.
We found six or seven chips like this, which was very exciting. Gold fever set in and we were there for the duration.
Despite the heat wave, we could cool down as it's very thirsty work.
The Beach House Brats loved the history oozing out of every corner of Sovereign Hill. There are authentic shops lining the main street of town, which are run by individual business people dressed in period costume. I can highly recommend the bakery.
There are also characters roaming round, who are willing to engage and give you an interesting on the spot history lesson, or crack a joke with the kiddos. This is living Australian history people and we loved it. Not a computer screen in sight and the Beach house Brats survived.
We took a ride around town in the Cobb & Co Coach. Hard to believe this was once the only method of public transport in Australia.
They have actors playing out scenes on schedule. The streets cleared as these guys marched into the centre of town for a musket shooting demo.
For me of course, it was all about the vintage.
The Big Beach House Brat was chosen at the gold pouring demo to hold the gold bar worth $160,000. A minute before this shot was taken, the gold had been molten hot, but cools and sets very quickly when dipped in water. If only I could do the same with egg whites.....don't ask. The gold was very pure, as they had used the same gold in the demo, since the 70's.
We travelled underground to try our luck as well.
It was cool and wet down there, but very safe and you get to see gold deposits in the rocks along with all the old machinery and just how hard and dangerous it would have been to get the stuff out for the miners. It was very interesting.
This fellow was fabulous
You can even hire a big function room down under for your party if you desire.
Everyone came away a winner. This fabulous destination is only about 1 hours drive from Melbourne and is a really well run tourist attraction. For more of my recommendations for great places to visit in Melbourne go here and here
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