Sovereign Hill – Ballarat – Scotsburn

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John Crook

Revisiting Sovereign Hill

Having spent half a dozen visits to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, there were around two years between most recent visits. I never tire of strolling the streets of the 1851 gold fields. On this particular visit I had the opportunity to spend a night in the very comfortable Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill, the four-star property which places you just footsteps from the entry to the recreated gold town which is set on 25 hectares. The highlight of my stay was to participate in the Blood on the Southern sound and light show. This was a first class presentation. A visit to Sovereign Hill would be incomplete should you get really involved. Accommodation at the Comfort Inn, a roast dinner at the Charlie Napier Hotel, and then to a 90 minute presentation, which is an absolute knock-out. For accommodation telephone (03) 5337 1159. To book your visit to Sovereign Hill here are the contact points. Telephone (03) 5337 1100. Visit

There’s much more

Whilst Sovereign Hill is he bg drawcard when visiting Ballarat, there is plenty more to include in your visit. Lake Wendouree welcomes you.- after a lengthy drought, it has again been returned to its original charm, go visit and take a walk around its perimeter. Either before, or following your walk, I can recommend a coffee, or lunch at Masons Cafe. Viv Mason offers seasonal organic product. Check the blackboard. This is one of those places where a return visit is on the cards. ‘Tis good. Telephone (03) 5333 3895.

Back in the cbd

Yes, the cbd is next on my ‘must visit’ list, to visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat. This is the oldest regional art gallery of regional Australia. I visit whenever I can, even if only to pay my respects to what is still part of the original Eureka flag. What history! To contact the Ballarat Art Gallery telephone (03) 5320 5858. Visit

Sinclair of Scotsburn

If you are into wines, there are plenty of wineries, cellar doors and the like. I chose one on the outskirts of Ballarat, one which calls Buninyong ‘home’. Mine host loves his very own Pinot, I spotted a Chardonnay. It was superb If I heard right, Mr Halliday thought likewise. I suggest that to get directions from Buninyong would be the wise thing to do. You could do no better than to have a coffee or a snack, at Espresso Depot. Part of early history and so friendly too. OK, here’es the drill.
Contact Espresso Depot onf (03) 5341 2677.
Contact David Sinclair of Scotsburn vineyard and cellar door. Telephone 0419 885 717.m

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages and prices are subject to change and availability. This information is provided as a guide only. Check with your travel agency. Block-out periods may apply.

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