Gold panning at Sovereign Hill
19:30 AEST Thu Dec 20 2012
If you love Australian history and have ever wondered what life was like hundreds of years ago, Natalie will show you just where it can all become real.
Sovereign Hill is a recreated goldfields township happily stuck in the past. Its 25 hectares are on a site which formed part of the richest alluvial goldfields the world has ever seen. Gold fever gripped Ballarat in the 1850s and 60s – some struck it rich, some just kept digging.
The largest nugget was found at Mt Alexander in 1855 by inexperienced miners on their second day of digging. The damper-shaped nugget weighed a massive 28,576 grams. It would be reasonable to imagine that news of its find sent many hopefuls scurrying to the area.
Today there is still gold to be found in Sovereign Hill's Red Hill Gully Creek. Gold pans are provided and you can see $50,000 worth of molten gold poured into a gleaming bar for incentive.