Golden Victoria


3 Days - Ballarat - Bendigo - Goldfield towns - Castlemaine - Melbourne.


This Signature small group personalised signature tour takes you into the golden heart of Victoria, the Goldfields Region.
Victoria's frenetic goldrush of the 1850's has left a lasting and vivid legacy. You can see the evidence in almost every Goldfields town and city. In the splendid streetscapes of Ballarat, Bendigo, Maldon and Dunolly. In grand buildings such as the Maryborough Railway Station and the Market Building in Castlemaine.
You can re-live the goldrush at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat and at the Central Deborah Goldmine in Bendigo.     

Golden Victoria

Day 1 Melbourne - Ballarat

In the morning you will be met at *Southern Cross Railway Station, Melbourne, by your Golden Nugget Discovery Tours Eco Guide. The Adventure begins as we travel on our fast train to Ballarat, 
Today we discover the city of Ballarat, the first of the large gold fields during the 1850's Victorian goldrush.
First we drive to Black Hill lookout to get great panoramic views of Ballarat and then we stop at several important historical locations, including the Red Hill mine site where they found the Welcome Nugget, a gold nugget which weighed 69 kilograms.
We get to walk the inner city along Lydiard Street to view the best examples of gold rush historic buildings in Australia, then stop at the famous Craigs Royal Hotel for morning tea, before driving to the Eureka Centre. The Eureka Centre is the site of the 1854 Rebellion where the miners had an armed conflict with British Army soldiers.
We visit Lake Wendouree just out from the centre of Ballarat which has many recreational uses by the locals and has lots of bird life, namely the black swan. On it shores are the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, we will have a short walk, looking at at the floral garden beds, statues and imposing trees.
Driving to the outskirts of Ballarat, we come to the town of Buninyong and to Mt Buninyong, an extinct volcano with breathtaking views and wildlife, and to Woowookarung Regional Park with its wildflowers and wildlife.
The afternoon and evening is spent at Sovereign Hill, which is an outdoor living museum depicting Ballarat in the 1860's goldrush era. You can go down a goldmine, pan for gold, ride a stage coach, or watch a $150,000 pure gold ingot being poured. During the evening we watch the sound and light show named AURA.


Your overnight accommodation is in Ballarat.
From: Melbourne.
To: Ballarat.
Accommodation:  Craigs Royal Hotel.
 Morning tea, Dinner.
Included Entrance Fees:
Sovereign Hill, AURA show,
Eureka Centre,
Woowookurang Regional Park,
Rail Ticket Melbourne to Ballarat.


Day 2 Ballarat - Clunes - Maryborough - Golden Triangle region - Bendigo

Today will see us travelling through the centre of the Goldfields region on our way to Maryborough, stopping at the many old goldfields towns.
First we visit Creswick with its Woollen Mill, the last mill of its type in Australia. Leaving Creswick we drive through the Rivers of Gold mines on our way to Smeaton to see the historic flour mill.
The next old gold town is Clunes where the Victorian goldrush began, we have a walk down Fraser Street, see the Port Phillip Mine remnants and a view over the town.
Talbot is the next town, a quietly fascinating gold rush town with picturesque winding streets of brick and bluestone, and cottage gardens.
On the outskirts of Maryborough are the Box-Ironbark forests where we have our first wild nature encounter to see wildflowers and chance to see wallabies, echidna and native birds, as well as, Aboriginal culture of the Jajawurrong people and relics of the gold mining era.
In Maryborough we do a town tour visiting  the town's splendid cluster of heritage buildings, and views of the town from Bristol Hill lookout.  No visit to Maryborough is complete without seeing the historic Maryborough Railway Station.
On leaving Maryborough we head into the northern central goldfields, stopping at Timor which was once a thriving gold town. We see remnants of the Grand Duke Mine, which produced $281 million dollars worth of gold
We are now deep in the Golden Triangle region of Victoria as we drive to Dunolly which once boasted 5 kilometres of buildings, shops and canvas dwellings in the main street.
In the surrounding district more large gold nuggets were discovered than anywhere else in Australia, and we drive to Moliagul to discover where the 72kg Welcome Stranger was found, still today the largest nugget in the world.
We now head to the top of Mt Moliagul to view the surrounding country side, before heading to Bendigo for our overnight stay.


Your overnight accommodation is in Bendigo.
From: Ballarat.
To: Bendigo.
Accommodation:  Shamrock Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Morning tea, Dinner.
Included Entrance Fees: 
Paddy's Ranges State Park.


Day 3 Bendigo - Castlemaine - Melbourne

After breakfast we visit the Diamond Hill historic area, part of the Bendigo Regional Park. In the 1880's Diamond Hill was a bustling town of 10,000 people, today in the eucalyptus forests many relics remain, mullock heaps, water-races, deep sluiced gullies, building foundations and remnant gardens.
At Central Deborah Goldmine we have a unique opportunity to explore a real gold mine, experience what it was like to be a gold miner in the 1940's, 61 metres below the ground.
We ride on one of the Bendigo Trams, where the guide will tell you of Bendigo's goldrush history as you move along Pall Mall to the original Chinese Joss House (temple) at Emu Point, built during the gold rush. In the afternoon you learn about the Chinese miners that arrived to prospect for gold at the Golden Dragon Museum.
You visit Bendigo Pottery, which is Australia oldest working pottery and has the most significant collection of ceramic wood fired kilns left in the world in the Interpretive Museum.
On leaving Bendigo we travel to Castlemaine for a city highlights tour before boarding the train for your fast journey to Melbourne, arriving at Southern Cross Railway Station where we say our good bye's.


Your overnight accommodation is in Melbourne. 
From: Bendigo.
To: Melbourne.
Accommodation: Your own arrangements.
Meals: Breakfast  Morning tea.
Included Entrance Fees:
Central Deborah Goldmine,
Bendigo Trams,
Bendigo Pottery,
Bendigo Joss House,
Golden Dragon Museum,
Bendigo Regional Park,
Rail Ticket Castlemaine to Melbourne.



Tour Summary


  • You will travelling with an Ecotourism Green Travel Leader, certified by Ecotourism Australia.
  • Ballarat - Lydiard Street, walk down the best example of goldrush architecture in Victoria.
  • Lake Wendouree is the jewel in the crown of Ballarat & visit the floral Botanical gardens.
  • Visit the Eureka Centre and see the battle site of the Eureka rebellion and learn of the struggles the gold miners had against the authoritive Victorian government.
  • Visit the outdoor museum of Sovereign Hill, a re-creation of gold rush Ballarat in the 1860's. 
  • Drive up the ex volcano, Mt Buninyong to see the crater and panoramic views.
  • Visit Creswick to see the working Woollen mill.
  • Vist Clunes, this where the Victorian goldrush began - Fraser Street has ben kept in near original condition.
  • Visit Maryborough - see the Historic buildings, Railway Station and Paddy's Ranges State Park.
  • Visit Dunolly - walk Main Street and see the goldrush buildings on the town tour.
  • Go to Moliagul and visit the discovery site of the Welcome Stranger, the largest gold nugget in the world, and go the top of Mt Moliagul for scenic views
  • Stay in the goldrush city of Bendigo and experience the following;
  • Pall Mall,
  • Bendigo Pottery
  • Central Deborah goldmine,
  • Golden Dragon Chinese Museum,
  • Bendigo Trams.
  • Visit the goldrush town of Castlemaine and do a town tour.

Prices and Departures

Adult Twin Share / Couple $2919AUD

Adult Single $2489AUD

Deposit required on booking: $584AUD
Balance required 14 days before departure date.


1. The price includes all taxes, entrance fees, meals (B,MT,D) and commissions.
2. The tour is available all year, except over Easter period and the last 2 weeks of December.
3.  *The tour can depart from Ballarat and Geelong. If you wish to depart from Ballarat or Geelong, contact us so we can make arrangements for you.
4.  We are Free Independent Traveller (Solo) friendly. You wont be paying any surcharge and there are no minimum numbers.
5.  Small Group Personalised Tour, group size - 1 to 5 pers. If you have a larger group, contact us so we can make arrangements.
6.  You will be departing and returning to Melbourne by fast train. This reduces the Carbon Footprint & Climate Change impact.
7.  The tour will start on  and finish on .

2022 Departure Dates.
July                       August
Tue  19                Tue   02
                             Tue   16  

September           October
Tue  20                  Tue  18

November            December
Tue  15                  Tue  06

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