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History & heritage

Goldfields

  • Ballarat Mechanics Institute, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

The Victorian gold rushes of the 1850s and 60s left a lasting legacy throughout the Goldfields, from the ornate architecture and historic gardens to the region's rich Chinese heritage.

Golden landscapes
See the magnificent architecture that gold built in Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine, or stroll some of the country's finest examples of Victorian streetscapes in Maldon, Dunolly or Talbot.

Discover it for yourself
Learn more about the gold rush at one of the region's museums and historic attractions, or make your own discovery at the Mt Alexander Diggings, the site of the world's greatest shallow alluvial gold rush.

On the trail
Most towns offer self guided walks so you can take in the history and heritage at your leisure. Follow trails in Bendigo, Ballarat and villages such as Castlemaine, Maldon, Dunolly and Heathcote. Drop into a local visitor information centre to pick up maps and where available self guided audio tours.