Keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays can be a challenge especially in the middle of winter! I can hear the cries of parents around the country as the July school holidays approach at an alarmingly rapid rate, “What am I going to do with them for two weeks?” Well, a mini holiday is a great way to fill a few days without breaking the bank. “Where should we go?” I hear the collective cry. With the cold weather counting out most of the activities associated with the typical Australian beach holiday, we need to look further afield for school holiday activities. And, while we’re entertaining the kids, wouldn’t it be great if we could educate them as well?
Award winning Sovereign Hill in Ballarat covers both spectrums being both exciting and entertaining and also a great educational experience… with the latter happening without the kids even knowing! A two day ticket is the way to go at this authentic recreation of Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851, not only will it save you money, but it will give you the time to experience everything on offer in the replica town. By day you can step back in time and walk the main street with the costumed ladies and gentlemen and visit the authentic 1850’s style shops, schools, hotels and theatre. You can pan for gold and if you’re lucky enough to find any, it’s yours to keep. Take a guided tour of an underground mine and see a $100,000 gold pour. Talk to costumed candle makers, confectioners and wheelwrights and watch them ply their trades in action. Catch a horse drawn coach tour around the town and stop off in the theatre to be entertained.
At night Sovereign Hill comes alive with a 90 minute sound and light spectacular ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ which depicts the drama of the 1854 Eureka uprising. The best way to experience the show is with a dinner and show package which includes a two course meal and a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Choice has a selection of Ballarat Hotels to choose from ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 stars and with a range of rooms and facilities.