When gold was first discovered in Bendigo in 1851 it sparked decades of gold mining worth billions of dollars. Central Deborah Gold Mine was one of the last two commercial mines to cease operation in the wealthy Bendigo goldfields, operating for just 15 years between 1939 and 1954. Although a relatively short time frame, during this period the mine produced 29,865 ounces (929kg) of gold. Today, Central Deborah Gold Mine shares its rich history with visitors.
Mine Experience Tour: 75 Minutes.
Don a hard hat and miner’s lamp, descend 61 metres beneath the surface to Level 2 of the mine and be guided through the honeycomb of tunnels to discover what conditions as a miner were really like during the harsh gold rush era. Children need to be at least 3 years of age to complete this tour.
Underground Adventure Tour: 2.5 hours.
Gear up in overalls, boots, a miner’s hat and lamp to venture 85 metres underground to Level 3. Climb ladders, work a mine drill and search for gold with finders keepers! This tour includes a traditional “miner’s” lunch served underground in the Crib Room. Bookings are highly recommended and children need to be at least 8 years of age.
Nine Levels of Darkness: Deep. Dark. Dirty. AWESOME!
Drop 228m beneath the surface to Level 9 in an old miners cage, if you dare!
Spend a day as a 1940s gold miner and be guided through authentic mining tunnels by your Shift Boss who will put you to work, teaching you all the tricks of the trade. Learn how to set a charge and operate a mine drill. Climb down parts of the mine shaft using the ladder way. After a hard days work, enjoy a lunch break underground.
We’ll kit you up in work overalls, a flannelette shirt, boots, helmet and cap lamp. We’ll even provide you with your own old time backpack complete with lunch and water.
This tour is suited to those who have a good level of fitness and enjoy getting wet and dirty. Participants need to be over 14 years of age. A minimum of 2 participants are required, be sure to bring along a mate to secure your date!
Each tour includes access to the mine’s surface with its treasure trove of vintage mining machinery, gold panning, museums and picnic area. Don’t forget to climb the mine’s poppet head for a fantastic view of Bendigo.
We recommend that you wear comfortable, flat, enclosed footwear on all underground tours. The mine is an average 14 degrees beneath the surface, so remember to bring warm clothing.
Compliment your visit to the mine with a journey aboard one of Bendigo’s famous Vintage Talking Trams.
Please note: A family ticket consists of 2 adults and up to 4 children.