View of Bendigo, Victoria's fourth largest city.



Unearth the riches of the Goldfields impressive art galleries, fascinating museums, and indulge your taste buds with fresh food and boutique wines.

It takes in a specific area of North Central Victoria, the major cities of Ballarat and Bendigo as well as smaller centres including Daylesford, Castlemaine and Maryborough. It extends as far north as Inglewood and St Arnaud. It encroaches on the Western District near Ararat. Other significant towns include Maldon, Creswick, Clunes, Avoca and Buninyong.

The Goldfields region of Victoria is a region commonly used but typically defined in both historical geography and tourism geography.

As a result of the gold rush, the region contains many old buildings, some celebrated examples of Victorian architecture and some which are now derelict and some ghost towns and many of the towns were far larger during the boom times than they are now. The region contains a significant number of heritage registered buildings.

The area retains a significant gold mining industry and remains a popular for fossicking. Spend an afternoon panning for real gold at Sovereign Hill. Or take in some of the picturesque cycling and walking trails in stunning forests, open bushland and historic towns. Go for a hike, have a picnic, view local wildlife, and learn about the regions gold rush history among beautifully preserved towns.

Visit local botanical gardens in Bendigo, Ballarat, Buninyong or Castlemaine. Discover national and state parks with dazzling wildflowers, abundant wildlife and stunning scenery. The Goldfields are home to historic gold fields, box-ironbark forests, spring wildflowers, kangaroos and bird life.

Poseidon Nugget Sparks Gold Rush

The Poseidon rush at Tarnagulla, near Bendigo, promises to prove the richest gold field opened in Victoria for many years. Two exceptionally large nuggets were discovered there today.

About 3pm T. Stephenson and B. Williamson picked out a lump of gold weighing 373 ounces. A few minutes later a shout from an adjoining claim announced the discovery of another large piece. With that, S. Woodall, one of a party of four, staggered out of his hole with a lump of gold weighing about one cwt. It is over a foot in length and resembles the Welcome Stranger it is smaller.

The Age, 14 December 1906


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