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Ballarat, Victoria's largest inland city, lies in a west-northwesterly direction an hour and a half's drive from Melbourne. It is a city with a golden past, quickly reaching peaks of population during the gold rush of the 1850s.

From its past as a mining town, Ballarat has reinvented itself into a popular tourist destination, particularly with the creation of Sovereign Hill in 1970.

Located in the heart of the Victorian goldfields region, Sovereign Hill portrays the city of Ballarat’s first 10 years after the discovery of gold in 1851. The inclusion of the Sovereign Quartz Mine extends this historical period to the 1880s.

Sovereign Hill comprises a goldfields township with more than 60 buildings of that era where craftsmen work in traditional 1850s trades.

Ballarat is easily reached by taking the Western Freeway out of Melbourne. As well, there are train and coach lines from Melbourne.

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