IF A TRIP to Ballarat is on the cards these spring school holidays, then a trip to Sovereign Hill is also in order.
As well as all the classic Sovereign Hill activities (we're thinking gold panning, pantomimes, old trade demonstrations, devouring boiled lollies and horse-and-carriage rides), there will be a special program of events running throughout the holidays. With a focus on baby animals, here are the top activities to take note of.
1. Meet the pigs
Meet the darling Sovereign Hill pigs Mary Kate and Ashley and see what cute tricks they can perform. Now one year old, the pigs can jump up, twirl and follow a target while charming all the visitors!
2. New Normanby Mine Surface Tour
Heritage listed, the New Normanby mine has a rich history dating back to 1886. The ruins are located in a restricted area of Sovereign Hill which has never before been opened to the public! So don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn about one of the last company mines to shut its doors in Ballarat. Places are limited, so make sure to book your spot!
3. Butter churning and damper making
Learn how to make butter the old-fashioned way, then cook up your own damper to spread it on. Mmmmm...delish!
4. Animal tours and feeds
Meet the much-loved animals of Sovereign Hill including chickens, horses, and donkeys, as part of these special animal tours. Join in the morning feeds for the baby animals, and meet the youngest members of the menagerie!
5. Lamplight tours
See Sovereign Hill in a new light as part of the Lamplight Tours. Discover the darker side of goldfields life as you meet your guide in a cosy hotel bar before venturing into the night to visit some very intriguing places and characters.