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When gold was discovered in Victoria over 150 years ago it left a rich and lasting legacy in almost every town in the Goldfields. Today visitors can tour the majestic Victorian streetscapes of thriving regional cities Bendigo and Ballarat or explore delightful villages such as Maldon, Castlemaine, Heathcote and Dunolly.

Looking back

Discover gold rush history at one of the region's historic attractions. Sovereign Hill and the Central Deborah Gold Mine offer fascinating insights into Victoria's thriving gold rush life during the 1850s and 1860s.

Art near and far

The Goldfields region is an arts and cultural haven boasting outstanding galleries with rich collections of local and European art. Wander through two of Australia's finest regional galleries – the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Bendigo Art Gallery. Explore the eclectic arts scene in Castlemaine, and make time for the Edwardian and modern works at the Castlemaine Art Gallery. Seek out smaller private collections, contemporary art galleries and artist studios dotted all over the region.

Regional flavours

Take a break from exploring the Goldfields and sample fabulous local produce at cafes and restaurants across the region. Visit stellar restaurants making use of the region's fine fresh produce and join the locals embracing cafe culture. Sample locally produced wines, olives, apples, cheeses and more, direct from the farm gates and provedores. Get a taste for Heathcote's famous shiraz and new varieties at cellar doors in the Ballarat, Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions.

Great outdoors

Explore the region's outdoors along the 210 kilometre Goldfields Track or wander through one of the many stately gardens in the area, some dating back to the 1860s.

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Ballarat is a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events and food and wine, with a heritage backdrop.


Experience the contrasts of this vibrant regional city with its rich history and grand architecture.


An historic, bustling town renowned for its rich history, eclectic arts scene and cafe culture.


Visit the area that turned up the largest gold nugget in the world, the ‘Welcome Stranger’.


Taste Heathcote's famous shiraz. Visit cellar doors and explore the outdoors from this heritage town.


Explore historic Maldon, Australia's first 'notable town' as proclaimed by the National Trust.


Discover Maryborough, where contemporary architecture is combined with ornate gold-rush buildings.


Uncover the unexpected treasures of this charming town located in the heart of the Goldfields.


Set yourself up trackside and celebrate a horse racing win with a glass of cool-climate Avoca wine.


Bump into Beaufort for fine country fare, wines from the Pyrenees, and invigorating forest walks.

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