The Bendigo Discovery Tour takes you on a journey of the gold rush city of Bendigo. Bendigo in the 1880's, was deemed the richest city in the world, the goldmines descended over a kilometre beneath the surface to get the gold from the quartz reefs.

The Bendigo Discovery Tour takes you to the iconic places of Bendigo, showing you the heritage buildings and 1850's gold rush sites, as well as modern Bendigo that has made this such a grand city.

Descend underground at the Central Deborah Goldmine with your guide to see how the gold was mined, then travel on the vintage trams that travel along Pall Mall and other city streets to view the 19th Century streetscape grandeur.

Discover the life of the Chinese miners at the Golden Dragon Museum and Bendigo Joss House. Visit Bendigo Pottery, the oldest pottery in Australia, see how the pottery was made and view the original kilns. Bendigo is surrounded by the Bendigo National Park and Bendigo Regional Park, walk through Box-Ironbark forests with your Eco-guide, to see native fauna and flora. Finish the day off by tasting the fabulous wine at Balgownie Estate.

This tour is Ecotourism Certified.

Type Indicative prices

Cost per adult. Melbourne customers catch a return V/Line Bendigo train (own expense) from Southern Cross Railway Station Melbourne to Bendigo, where your guide will meet you at the Bendigo Railway Station.


Children prices - 6 to 15 years old. Children below five years are free.



Morning tea, Entrance fees to Central Deborah Goldmine, Joss House, Bendigo Pottery tour, Golden Dragon Chinese Museum, Personalised guide.

Days of operation:
  • Departure details: 14/01/20 - 31/12/20

    Daily: 08:00am - 05:00pm

Tour highlights:
  • Central Deborah Goldmine
    At Central Deborah Goldmine you have a unique opportunity to explore a real gold mine; experience what is was like to be a gold miner in the 1940's, 61 metres below the ground.
  • Chinese Joss House and Golden Dragon Chinese Museum
    Through the 1850's thousands of Chinese miners had arrived to prospect for gold. Visit Bendigo’s Chinese quarter exploring the Golden Dragon Museum, and the city's original Emu Point Joss House (temple) built during the gold rush.
  • Bendigo Pottery
    Bendigo Pottery is Australia's oldest working pottery, established in 1858; Bendigo Pottery has the most significant collection of ceramic wood fired kilns left in the world, which are now part of the Interpretive Museum.
  • Bendigo Tramways - Talking tram
    Learn about Bendigo’s history as you ride on Bendigo's Talking Tram, sit back, relax and let the tram do all the talking as you journey through the past 150 years.
  • Balgownie Estate Winery
    The climate of central Victoria, coupled with deep soils make ideal for growing Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon for which the region is famous for. Taste Shiraz and Cabernet and other wines at Balgownie Estate

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours conducts small group nature, sightseeing, heritage and wine tours of Western and Central Victoria, Australia.

It is the ideal way for couples, small groups and individual travellers to experience the Goldfields region, the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, Daylesford and Spa country, plus the Pyrenees wine region.

Relive the history and heritage of the gold rush as you visit Ballarat and Bendigo. Explore the small towns of the area, the wild nature of the parks, and the food and wine of the Goldfields.

Walk with your eco-guide along the Goldfields track to discover wild nature and gold rush relics.

See the fantastic coastal scenery, from wide beaches to tall towering cliffs and rainforests of the Great Ocean Road. Walk in the tree tops of the giant mountain ash.

Experience the wild nature of the Grampians with its wildflowers, kangaroos, emus, waterfalls, aboriginal rock art and wonderful views from the cliff tops.

Discover Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and the surrounding Spa region. This region is famous for its mineral springs and spas.

The Pyrenees wine region makes some of the finest wines of the French Bordeaux variety. Lunch is included at the Warrenmang Vineyard resort or similar.

Bendigo, Victoria, 3550

Map pins are available via the tab key in a list after the map.

You can pan the map with the keyboard arrows.

  • -36.7570157 144.2793906