Explore the past at Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park


The towns of Central Victoria tell part of the story of the great gold rush.

Step back in time to the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park and see the remnants of an event which shaped Australia’s history.

The park retains its gold-rush character, with remains from the gold mines and houses. A time when Australia’s population trebled, with prospectors of all nationalities and of all trades converging in Central Victoria to join the hunt.

Take a guided tour, or go at your own pace with a scenic drive, bushwalk or bicycle ride.


Many visitors mention the gold fossicking as the highlight of their trip. The excitement of possibly striking rich and finding some of that rare glinting metal is part of the charm and gives an insight into the world of the pioneers of yore.

The grand buildings in the town are also worth a look, including the art gallery, which was one of the first art deco buildings to be built outside Melbourne.

Image 1: By Mattinbgn – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15040236



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