Eureka Reef and Central Castlemaine Diggings
Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park is part of the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung People. The Dja Dja Wurrung people’s 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.
The central section of Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park contains Eureka Reef. A pleasant 1.8km self-guided walk takes you through 140 years of mining history. See the forest through the eyes of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, alluvial gold diggers and quartz reef miners. Some of the earliest quartz mining relics in Victoria can be seen here. See a massive exposed quartz reef, foundations of Cornish crushing batteries and a mining village.
Some of Victoria's most intact and well-preserved quartz mines can be found at Spring Gully Junction Mine. Take a steep walk into the gully or enjoy the impressive view from the viewing platforms. The sides of the gully were scoured out by hydraulic sluicing, creating dramatic cliffs. This peaceful site also contains the foundations of mine machinery, including boilers, batteries and loading ramps.
Take a short walk and experience the rich mining history of Herons Reef in Cobblers Gully, from alluvial to deep shaft mining. Features include a Chinese camp, the ruins of an engine house, battery, blacksmith’s shop and a well-preserved miner’s cottage in a stoned-fenced yard.
One of the highest points in the park, The Monk offers all-round views. Spot Mt Alexander Regional Park, Mt Tarrengower at Maldon, and the conifer plantations on the slopes of Mt Franklin.