Eureka Reef and Central Castlemaine Diggings

Eureka Reef and Central Castlemaine Diggings

Eureka Reef and Central Castlemaine Diggings

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Eureka Reef and Central Castlemaine Diggings

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. 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.

Things To Do

 
A couple walks through the Eureka Reef section of Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Explore historic goldmining landscapes

A self-guided walk in relaxing bushland takes you back through 140 years of mining history.
Three friends walking in Eureka Reef at Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Explore Dja Dja Wururng Cultural landscapes

See the forest through the eyes of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.
Two women ride mountain bikes along the Goldfields track near Castlemaine.

The Goldfields Track

The Goldfields Track is a point-to-point 210km Track that takes mountain bikers and bushwalkers through some of central Victoria's most historic towns and beautiful forests.

How to get there

Eureka Reef and Central Castlemaine Diggings

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park is about 120km north of Melbourne. Turn off the Calder Highway at Elphinstone and travel 13km through Chewton to Castlemaine. The Park can also be accessed via the Pyrenees and Midland Highways. A regular rail service runs between Melbourne and Bendigo stopping at Castlemaine.

Facilities

Carpark
Lookout

When to go

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Eureka Reef and Central Castlemaine Diggings

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