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Pocket Guide: Goldfields

Covering a large part of the state of Victoria, much of the Goldfields area was first settled during the 19th century gold rush. Dotted with historic sites, vibrant cities and unique communities, Goldfields is an excellent destination for anyone who wants to learn more about Australia’s past. As well as a host of cultural and historic attractions, the region also boasts a choice of excellent vineyards, some world class restaurants, a great selection of outdoor activities and some spectacular hotels.

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Ballarat – The lively city of Ballarat is home to several of Goldfields most famous attractions. Visit the city’s open air museum to see recreations of life in the gold rush, learn more about Ballarat’s flora and fauna at the city’s wildlife park or botanical gardens or spend a day in the Eureka Stockade Centre, the site of the 1854 Eureka miners’ rebellion. There’s so much to see with a hotel in Ballarat.

Bendigo – One of the most exciting cities in the region, Bendigo boasts a choice of outstanding restaurants, an excellent art gallery, great shopping, a selection of historic sights and a great selection of hotels to base yourself in. The city is also close to some of Goldfields best vineyards, so why not stop to sample some local tipples while you’re in the area?

Maldon – The evocative town of Maldon has some of the best preserved gold rush era streets in the region. Spend a day exploring the decorative shop fronts, the antique stores and the many characterful cafes that dot the town. If you’re hungry after all that sightseeing, explore the Maldon Taste of Gold food and wine trail where you’ll find some of Goldfields’ tastiest culinary delights.

Castlemaine – Known for its vibrant arts scene and excellent restaurants, Castlemaine is a great place to soak up some contemporary Goldfields culture. Though the town also boasts a selection of period buildings and historic sights, most people come to Castlemaine to eat in its restaurants and explore its antiques shops and galleries.

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Many of the most famous sights in Goldfields date back to its gold rush era origins or offer visitors the chance to learn more about this fascinating period. Sovereign Hill, the open air museum in Ballarat, is one of the region’s most popular attractions, while the Eureka Stockade Centre, the Bendigo Talking Tram and Maldon town centre are also established parts of the Goldfields historic trail. Buildings that date from the gold rush era can be found across the region, with a number of ghost towns dotted around the Goldfields countryside.

If you’re interested in Victoria’s 19th century gold rush, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in Goldfields. Explore the region’s historic towns, its excellent museums and its characterful buildings or visit the Central Deborah Gold mine and find out what gold rush life was like for yourself. To learn more about modern life in the Goldfields region, head to Ballarat or Bendigo where you’ll find excellent markets and shopping districts, great restaurants and a range of cultural events throughout the year.