Experience life in 1850s country Victoria during the famous gold rush. Pan for gold, tour a mine, take a coach ride and smell the delights of the old lolly shop at Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill is a living museum set on the site of an original Ballarat mine. Visitors can step back in time to early Colonial times and explore shops and factories factories, gold diggings and underground mines as well as mingle with costumed characters. From the outset, life in a goldfields town is perfectly re-imagined on the main street. A hub of activity with rows of neatly-painted shop fronts and horse-pulled coaches rumbling by.