Panorama of Normanby Street with Gold Smelting Works, Confectionary Shop, Education Centre and a coach drawn by beautiful Clydesdale horses at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
Sovereign Hill is a living museum of the 1850s goldrush era of Ballarat and features a whole small township with residential buildings, schools, shops, workshops, hotels, bakeries, gold mines and gold panning area.
The large and very entertaining museum is run by the not-for-profit community based Sovereign Hill Museums Association.
Victoria is Australia's second smallest State and covers only 3% of Australia's land area but has the second highest population of all States and Territories. Victoria's mainland and islands have a total length of 2,512 kilometres coastline which is about 4.2% of Australia's 59,736 kilometres of coastline. Australia is the driest inhabited continent and Victoria is no exception although the state capital Melbourne has the reputation to have 4 seasons in one day. Victoria is located in the southeast of mainland Australia and includes the most southern point on mainland Australia at Wilsons Promontory National Park.