Goldfields - Maryborough & Dunolly

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Maryborough & Dunolly

A testament to the rich past of Maryborough and the central goldfields towns shows in the grand buildings, historic cottages and gracious homes.  The central goldfields are also home to the Box-Ironbark forests which abound with wild nature.

On this tour we take you to the heart of the goldfields – Maryborough and to the central goldfields with its myriad of goldfield towns that seemingly time has forgotten. It’s in the central goldfields where the largest nuggets of gold were found.

Maryborough is the largest town in the central goldfields and is rich in gold rush heritage government buildings, private homes, parks and gardens.

The myriad of central goldfields towns that we will visit are unique in their own way, towns that will visit are Creswick, Clunes, Talbot, Timor, Moliagul and Dunolly.

Paddy's Ranges State Park and Maryborough Regional Park wildflower showing in spring of golden wattle blossom amid the Box- Ironbark forest is a visual delight. Kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and numerous birds are also found in the forest.

Maryborough & Central Goldfields Discovery Tour

On tour we meander through the goldrush town on our way to Maryborough, first we visit Creswick with its Woollen Mill, the last mill of its type in Australia. Discover the gold rush main street with its heritage buildings and see the old Creswick Hospital, now the administration building of the Creswick school of Forestry.

We drive through the Rivers of Gold mines on our way to Smeaton to see the historic flour mill before arriving at the historic town of Clunes where gold was first discovered; here the shopfronts have lost none of the patina of ages past. Next is Talbot is a quietly fascinating gold rush town with picturesque winding streets of brick and bluestone, and cottage gardens.

On the outskirts of Maryborough we have our first wild nature encounter, Paddy's Ranges State Park followed by Maryborough Regional Park and Craigie State Forest. All have relics of the gold mining era, and remnants of a once- thriving Eucalyptus Distillery, as well as Aboriginal culture of rock wells and scar trees from the Jajawurrong people. The spring showing of Golden Wattle blossom amid the Box-Ironbark forest is a visual delight to discover, these parks have over 230 species of wildflowers and a chance to see kangaroos, wallabies, echidna and birds.

In Maryborough we visit the town’s splendid cluster of heritage buildings facing McLandress Square, Town Hall, Post Office, and Court house. We visit Worsley Cottage Museum & Squatter Slab hut, where you find period pieces, photographs in the restored cottage and mining relics outside on display.

No visit to Maryborough is complete without seeing the historic Maryborough Railway Station, admire the highly polished timber ceiling and beautiful tessellated floor in the main entrance. The Bristol Hill lookout offers great views of the town; named after Bristol Reef which was mined for gold from the late 1850’s. On leaving Maryborough we head into the northern most of the central goldfields, stopping at Timor which was once a thriving gold town, on the outskirts of town, the Grand Duke Mine produced $281 million dollars worth of gold.

Rich in gold history, Dunolly nestles between stunning Box-Ironbark forests and productive farmland. Dunolly once boasted 5 kilometres of buildings, shops and canvas dwellings in the main street. Today only the sturdiest survived, the Post Office, Town Hall, Hotels and the former Cobb & Co office are left. During the gold rush Dunolly and the surrounding district discovered more gold nuggets than anywhere else in Australia.

Highlights

  • Maryborough Civic centre - McLandress Square
  • Worsley Cottage (subject to availability)
  • Maryborough Historic Railway Station
  • Bristol Hill lookout - views over Maryborough
  • Paddy’s Ranges State Park - Wild nature / Wildflowers
  • Dunolly Heritage Boulevard & Buildings
  • Moliagul - ‘Welcome Stranger’ Discovery site
  • Goldfield towns of Creswick - Woollen mills Interpretative Centre / St. Georges Lake
  • Clunes - original streetscape / 1st gold town of the Victorian Goldrush.
  • Talbot - historic town
  • Timor - the Grand Duke mine

Prices and Departures

Adult $179 per person

Child $74 per child (6-15yrs)

Departs 8am


Morning tea included / Lunch Not included
Pickup/Drop off – Ballarat / Creswick / Maryborough accommodation
Melbourne customers Pickup/Drop off – Ballarat Railway Station
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions  prior to booking

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