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Overview

History & heritage

The Victorian gold rushes of the 1850s and 60s left a lasting legacy throughout the Goldfields, from the ornate architecture and historic gardens to the region's rich Chinese heritage.

Golden landscapes

See the magnificent architecture that gold built in Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine, or stroll some of the country's finest examples of Victorian streetscapes in Maldon, Dunolly or Talbot.

Discover it for yourself

Learn more about the gold rush at one of the region's museums and historic attractions, or make your own discovery at the Mt Alexander Diggings, the site of the world's greatest shallow alluvial gold rush.

On the trail

Most towns offer self guided walks so you can take in the history and heritage at your leisure. Follow trails in Bendigo, Ballarat and villages such as Castlemaine, Maldon, Dunolly and Heathcote. Drop into a local visitor information centre to pick up maps and where available self guided audio tours.

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History & heritage

Chinese history

Discover the remarkable legacy of the Chinese miners who came to Victoria during the goldrush.

Gold rush history

The legacy of the gold rush lives on in the rich architecture and history of the Goldfields region.

Eureka Trail

Follow the route taken by police and soldiers to quell the uprising of miners in December 1854.

Ballarat heritage walking trails

This series of walks through historic Ballarat uncovers much of the city's fame and fortune.

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Bendigo Tramways Vintage Talking Tram

Sit back, relax and let the tram do all the talking as you journey through the past 150 years aboard a majestic Vintage 'Talking' Tram.

Heritage buildings

Old Castlemaine Gaol

Looming atop the western horizon in Castlemaine sits a symbol of justice for the Goldfields. The Old Castlemaine Gaol was first built in 1861 and has...

History & heritage

Mooramong

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than exploring the warm and cosy homestead of the late Scobie and Claire Mackinnon. View the opulent...

Gold rush history

Sovereign Hill

Strike it rich with a day out in 1850s Ballarat and pan for gold, ride in a horse-drawn carriage and relive the Eureka Rebellion with sound and light.

Gold rush history

Blood on the Southern Cross

Blood on the Southern Cross tells the dramatic story of the Eureka Uprising by Ballarat's miners against unjust and corrupt colonial rulers. The...

Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Gear up in overalls, a miner's hat and lamp and head into underground tunnels in search of gold in a key mine from Bendigo's 19th century gold rush.

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