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 Bendigo and Ballarat with their grand hotels and public buildings, or explore delightful villages such as Maldon, Castlemaine, Heathcote and Dunolly.
Around the galleries
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 – and see Edwardian and modern works at the Castlemaine Art Gallery. Take the kids along to an event at the Central Goldfields Gallery, or hunt out smaller private collections and artist studios dotted all over the region.
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.
Take a break from exploring the Goldfields at a local cafe or stylish eatery. Visit stellar restaurants making use of the region's fine fresh produce. Sample locally produced wines, olives, apples, cheeses and more, direct from the farm gate or cellar door.
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.