Sovereign Hill is in the historical town of Ballarat, approximately one hour from the Melbourne CBD. Sovereign Hill allows visitors to experience a ‘blast from the past’, uncovering the tricks and trades behind the famous goldrush era dating back as early as 1850. Throughout your day at Sovereign Hill, there are many activities on offer which replicate the goldrush era, including gold panning, a guided tour of the Red Hill Mine, wheel making, musket firing, candle dipping, gold making, and candle dipping (just to name a few). The region also plays host to several gift shops and a gold museum for eager onlookers. Sovereign Hill certainly provides a greater insight into the rich and proud history of Ballarat throughout the early 1850’s.