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Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre

03 53 521 078

The world-class Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre tells the story of the Chinese miners and their arduous journey from Southern China to Australia where they dreamed of finding gold.

Imagine the excitement of the travel weary Chinese prospectors who had just discovered one of the world's richest shallow alluvial goldfields, the Canton Lead.

Relive their great trek on foot from Robe in South Australia to the goldfields upon which Ararat now stands and learn how life was for these resilient explorers in a strange land.

Designed in the traditional Southern Chinese architectural style and incorporating the principles of Feng Shui, the dramatic two-storey building with its authentic Chinese tiled roof houses a fascinating selection of interactive displays and fun and interest for people of all ages.

Dress in Chinese Costume or fossick for gold, see the tea house or the Fancy Goods Store that is a feast for your eyes. Learn about Chinese herbs and Chinese language.

See the wonderful textiles, embroideries and relics of this rich culture. Discover the fun and delight of gold panning, try your hand at calligraphy, learn about the Chinese language and play traditional Chinese games.

Become engrossed in the courthouse stories and see the original Canton Lead Mine tunnel uncovered during the construction of the Centre; and learn about the birth place of Ararat.

The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre provides an authentic snapshot of the Chinese culture from the 1800s through to the modern day. A truly interactive experience for visitors of all ages.

Did you know that Ararat is the only city in Australia founded by the Chinese?

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The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre is ideally located on the Western Highway, Ararat. Travelling north towards Stawell, the centre is 500 metres past McDonalds, on the left. Access and Parking available. Provisions have been made for disabled access. Ample car parking is available for all visitors and is located immediately opposite the centre. Parking is complimentary.

  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Interpretive centre
  • Interactive centre
  • Public toilet
  • Shop
Opening hours:

Open daily except Christmas Day.

  • Daily
    11:00am - 4:00pm

  • Contact operator for further details.