05 Jul Celebrate Winter with Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights.
I have to confess, it was my first ever trip to Sovereign Hill. I have wanted to go for such a long time and truly, I loved it. The kids had a ball and one day isn’t enough. We are going back again soon.
The wonderlights are included in your entry so stay til dark. Then stay a little longer as the crowd dwindles and the streets are almost all yours.
Ten things not to miss:
- A guided mine tour. Book early on your arrival to avoid missing out. There is two minutes of complete (and I mean complete) darkness on these tours, travelling 20 meters underground on a tram. It is such an experience.
- The toffee apples. To die for. I had one in each hand at one point.
- The Irish coffee. Drink it at sunset while the children play in the amazing playground. Don’t share the cream top with the kids.
- The old fashioned photos. I have always wanted to do one with my daughter and they were fully booked. Book online before you go.
- The bakery or the New York Bakery. Splurge for lunch. It is worth it. The food is better than any museum/theme park I have been to. There are also baked potatoes.
- Get your take home lollies early to avoid the long queue in the evening. Watch the confectionary making and try them warm.
- Watch the demo for gold panning. We had no luck but others seemed to be striking plenty of gold. It was a good way to teach persistence, patience and ultimately resilience when they leave with their bitter disappointment.
- The self guided mine tour.
- The Wonderlights is separate to Aura, the sound and light show. The Wonderlights are free. Aura isn’t. I wish we had stayed for Aura.
- The crowd does thin out during the light show so hang around to let your children have a little more freedom to enjoy the sights and sounds without fear of losing them.
And finally, some hacks.
- A teeny advantage of this climate crisis we are having is that Ballarat is currently un‐seasonally warm. Layer up as it does cool a lot in the evening. However, if your child is like mine they won’t even notice the cold.
- Teachers are free with your VIT card. Bring it and sign in with your work email address.
- Comfy, sturdy shoes. I cannot tell you how many children stacked it running around during the light show. Nothing bad, just comical.
And finally, have fun. It is like being a kid again.