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Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

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At Central Deborah Gold Mine you have the unique opportunity to descend underground and explore a real gold mine that operated during the harsh gold rush era.

The passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of the tour guides is contagious and you can't help but become enthralled by the beauty and lure of gold as you are guided through the honeycomb of hidden underground tunnels where 929 kilograms of gold was unearthed. This would be worth about $48 million in today's prices.

With only the light on your cap to light the way, the silence of being far below the hustle and bustle of the city and the cool underground temperature helps you imagine what conditions as a miner were really like during the harsh gold rush era.

Three different underground experiences are available the Mine Experience tour, Underground Adventure tour and Nine Levels of Darkness.

The Mine Experience tour is 75 minutes in duration and 61 metres underground. Suitable for children three years and over.

The Underground Adventure tour is two and a half hours in duration and 85 metres underground. Lunch is included. This tour is suitable for children eight years and over.

Nine Levels of Darkness (Australia's deepest underground mine tour) is three and a half hours in duration and 228 metres underground. Lunch is included. This tour is suitable for children 14 years and over.

Bookings are essential, please contact Central Deborah Gold Mine for further information.

Central Deborah Gold Mine was inducted into the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after being awarded Victoria's Heritage and Cultural Tourism Attraction of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Price & booking

Cost

Type Valid Entry cost
Nine Levels of Darkness
Children need to be over 14 years of age
28/02/14 - 31/01/16 $199.00
Underground Adventure Tour - Family
Rate for two adults and up to four children. Children need to be over eight years of age.
28/02/14 - 31/01/16 $245.00
Underground Adventure Tour - Child
Children need to be over eight years of age
28/02/14 - 31/01/16 $52.50
Underground Adventure Tour - Concession
28/02/14 - 31/01/16 $75.00
Underground Adventure Tour - Adult
28/02/14 - 31/01/16 $85.00
Mine Experience Tour - Family
Rate for two adults and up to four children. Children need to be over three years of age
28/02/14 - 31/01/16 $83.00
Mine Experience Tour - Child
Children need to be over three years of age
28/02/14 - 31/01/16 $16.00
Mine Experience Tour - Concession
28/02/14 - 31/01/16 $26.50
Mine Experience Tour - Adult
28/02/14 - 31/01/16 $30.00
Payment methods accepted
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Local directions:

Corner of High and Violet Street, Bendigo - 600 metres south of Alexandra Fountain.

Facilities:
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Parking for the disabled
  • Guide
  • Interpretive centre
  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet
  • Shop
  • Tour desk
Activities:
  • Fossicking
  • Prospecting
  • Shopping
Tourism awards:
  • 2013 - Victorian Tourism Awards - Winner
  • 2013 - Victorian Tourism Awards - Hall Of Fame
  • 2012 - Victorian Tourism Awards - Winner
Opening hours:

Please visit website for specific underground tour times. Closed Christmas day.

  • Daily
    9:30am - 4:30pm
Memberships:
  • Tourism Alliance Victoria
  • Visitor Information Centre
Disabled access:
The surface of the Mine and the Mine Experience Tour are wheelchair accessible. Please contact them for further information.