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Other towns, villages and localities in the Goldfields Region include:
• Beaufort • Maldon

When gold was discovered in the central region of Victoria, it sparked a vast influx of people, indeed the region is linked with the richest alluvial gold rush in the world. The rich and lasting legacy of that gold rush is still evident today in almost all of the towns in the Victoria’s ‘Goldfields Region’.

Today, visitors can tour the many Victorian towns in the region, some such as Ballarat and Bendigo have impressive streetscapes with their grand hotels and public buildings. Others, such as Castlemaine, Dunolly and Maldon provide quaint shopfronts and restored miner’s cottages.

Visitors can learn about the history of the gold rush at places such as the popular Sovereign Hill, The Eureka Centre and the Central Deborah Gold Mine, all offering a fascinating insight into the lives of people in the 1850s and 1860s.

For those planning to explore the region, there are many accommodation options, from farmstay to B&Bs, historic cottages to grand hotels. Once you settle in, you can enjoy the many attractions on offer, from the many cafe or restaurants, local produce, galleries, gardens, vineyards and cellar doors.

Check out our listing of Goldfields Region accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Goldfields Region Attractions

The Eureka Centre
• Cnr Eureka & Rodier Sts, BALLARAT VIC 3350
• Ph: 03 5320 5858 • Fax: 03 5331 6361 • Email • Open daily except Christmas Day
The Eureka Centre in Ballarat stands on the site of one of the most significant events in Australian history, the “Eureka Rebellion”. In December 1854, Ballarat’s miners took up arms against a corrupt and unjust goldfields administration. After years of oppression, the bloody battle that followed led to the birth of true democracy in Australia.

The Eureka Centre — explore five exhibition galleries, reflect in the Contemplation Space, see ‘Voices from Eureka’ in the Theatrette, consider you verdict in the Hall of Debate, browse in the Eureka Gift Shop and relax in our coffee kiosk.

Eureka Stockade Gardens — visit the 1880s monument, explore the 2004 Eureka Circle, play at the Eureka Adventure Playground, picnic with the family, take time to relax and reflect at this sacred site.
Sovereign Hill
• Sovereign Hill, BALLARAT VIC 3350 • Ph: 03 5337 1100 • Fax: 03 5331 1528 • Email
Image going back over a century to Victoria’s Gold Rush days, to relive the history and excitement of the era. Sovereign Hill is a recreated goldfield township set across over 60 acres on a site linked with the richest alluvial gold rush in the world. Sovereign Hill faithfully depicts Ballarat’s first 10 years after the discovery of gold in 1851.

Australian history is brought to life with the streets bustling with people dressed in costume of the period. The Diggings are alive with miners panning for real gold, and you can even take a ride through the streets in a horse-drawn carriage. There shops, hotels, schools, a theatre, crafts, steam-driven machinery and working plant, all of which were know to have existed in Ballarat during the 1850s.

You can try your luck at panning for gold on the Red Hill Gully Diggings. See and experience the lifestyle of the early gold diggers in their tents and mud-and-bark huts. Learn about the influence of the Chinese at Golden Point on the Ballarat goldfields. You will see horses everything from hauling carriages and carts to providing horse power to work the early mining machinery on the Diggings.

In the Main Street, as well as people in period costume, you will also see business typical of the era. There is the United States Hotel with its Victoria Theatre, and the Charlie Napier Hotel, representing two of Ballarat’s more famous hotels. Treat yourself at the Spencer’s Confectionary Shop and the Hope Bakery. Enjoy the special aroma of the Grocers or the Apothecaries’ Hall and admire the stock of elegant items in the Drapery. You can exhilarate with riding in the Five-In-Hand Concord Coach and then have your photograph taken in the Red Hill Photographic Rooms.

You can also watch Carriage Builders and Wheelwrights at work. There is also a Furniture Manufactory, a working Jeweller’s, Tinsmiths, Metal Spinners, Blacksmiths, Potter, a Candlemaker’s and Confectionery Factory.

In the quartz mine precinct you can re-discover the steam age. It begins in the Boiler House where two Cornish Boilers produce steam for the quartz crushing Battery. the Beam Pump and the Mine Blacksmith’s Shop. The mine building stands beside the mullock heap of the New Normanby Mine. There is a guided tour below ground where you will see some of the original workings of that mine, a number of dioramas depicting the working life of miners in the quartz era and the traditional digging methods used in the late nineteenth century.

If that is not enough you can also see our sound and light show under the stars and maybe stay overnight in our accommodation.
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