Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park


Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Womin-dji-ka (Welcome)

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park is part of the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung People whose rights were recognised through a Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the State of Victoria in March 2013. The Dja Dja Wurrung People maintain a close and continuing connection to Djandak, their traditional Country.

Take a trip back in time to the Victorian Goldrush at Castlemaine Diggings Heritage Park. Located at the heart of the central Victorian goldfields, this is a rare place where you can see authentic traces of days gone by. Explore abandoned mines and settlements among shady Box-Ironbark woodlands.

The discovery of gold in July 1851 lured tens of thousands of migrants to the Castlemaine area. Between 1851 and 1854 it was the world’s richest shallow alluvial goldfield. By 1852, the population on the Castlemaine Diggings was 40-60,000.

Today, the Castlemaine Diggings harbours fascinating tales of the area’s golden past. Much of the gold-rush character has been retained. From the remains of house sites and puddling machines, to the gold mines and gullies that yielded fortunes. Less visible, but no less dramatic, is the impact the gold rush had on Djaara people. 

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park is popular for a variety of activities. Enjoy bushwalking, scenic drives, cycling, picnics, exploring the mining relics and gold prospecting.

Take in the many historic sites at the park by taking a scenic drive. Along the way you’ll see an ever-changing landscape of rolling hills and forests, gullies eroded by sluice mining and picturesque rural communities.

There’s plenty of enjoyable trails in the park. Take a gentle stroll along the Loddon River. Take in the park's mining history on a heritage walk. Or for the adventurous, The Goldfields Track will appeal to hikers and mountain-bikers alike.

At Vaughan Mineral Springs you'll find everything you need for a family picnic. There's a shelter, free electric barbecues and large open grassy areas. Picnic tables can also be found at numerous other locations in the park.

Another popular picnic spot is Kalimna Point. Located on a prominent ridgeline east of Castlemaine, here you'll find picnic table and a rotunda. Take a walk among the Box-Ironbark forest, which provides diverse habitat for native species

Many species of birds can be seen around the diggings. From resident species to migratory species that follow the blossoms through Victoria’s Box Ironbark woodlands. Good spots for birdwatching include Eureka Reef, along the Loddon River at Vaughan Springs, Central Spring and Glenluce Spring.

Explore the different areas

Explore all of the different areas within Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park.

Need to know

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Chokem Flat Camping Area

    Chokem Flat Campground Closure

    Chokem Flat Campground will be closed for approximately two weeks starting on 20/05/2024. 

    Annual weed spraying and mulching works will be conducted during this time. 

    Please use the camping facilities located at the nearby Warburtons Bridge Campground. Warbutons Bridge Campground can be accessed by travelling 1.34km South East on Campbells Creek Fryers Rd, a further 1km South on Vaughan Chewton Road and then turning at Drummond Vaughan Rd before travelling 1.75km and then crossing over the bridge until you reach the campground. 
    We apologise for any inconvenience.

  • Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

    Planned burn - Glenluce - Irishtown Track

    Planned burning operations are scheduled in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park which will result in parts of the park near Irishtown Track being closed from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled from 21 April to 30 April and is subject to favourable weather. 

    Please see attached neighbour letter for more information, including maps.
    Burn name:                     LM-MGF-CAS-0625 Glenluce - Irishtown Tk
    Size:                                  399.22 hectares  
    Location:                          2.2km North of Glenluce
    Scheduled date:              Sunday 21 April - Tuesday 30 April 2024  (weather conditions permitting)
    For more information

    Attachments: LM-MGF-CAS-0625 Glenluce - Irishtown Tk Neighbour Letter 18-04-24 (388KB)

    Loop track closed due to Phytophthora outbreak

    Loop access will have limited vehicle access to reduced the risk of spread of phytophthora cinnamomi pathogen. 

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