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Chewton - Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park




The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park harbours fascinating tales of the golden past and retains much of its gold-rush character. From the evocative remains of house sites and puddling machines to the gold mines and gullies that yielded up fortunes.

There are many wonderful walking tracks in each of these parks but the most popular is the Great Dividing Trail. This trail, which runs between Bendigo and Ballarat via Daylesford, traverses 61 km through the Diggings areas. It covers a wide variety of walking terrains and offers spectacular views and historical relics. There are several entry and exit points at places like Mount Alexander, Chewton and Vaughan.

Things to Do
  • At the site of the 22 m Garfield Water Wheel there is a walking track that explains the links between the mine, the stamping battery and the water wheel.
  • Spring Gully and Eureka Reef are great areas to visit and view as they represent the many mining relics scattered throughout the Reserve. These relics can also be appreciated by following the Mount Alexander Diggings routes. There are also the ruins of an old Welsh Village, other ruined house sites and mineral springs at Vaughan.
  • Camping at Vaughan Springs provides easy access for regular size caravans and a grassed tent area for those walking the Great Dividing Trail or those after a more basic camping experience. The popular site has a rich cultural history and natural beauty and camping offers visitors the chance to enjoy an extended stay.
  • In spring, a sharp eye will spot many beautiful wildflowers ranging from wattles to orchids.
  • Scenic driving, bushwalking, cycling, guided tours and gold fossicking are some of the popular activities in this area.
  • Fishing for trout, redfin, tench and blackfish is also a popular activity along the Loddon River. A Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence is required unless the person is under 16 years of age or an old aged/disability benefits pensioner.

Opening Hours:


Open 24/7

Cost:


Free


Address | Contact


North Road,  Chewton 3451, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 
Map: X909 Ref: D6

Web Links


Link Parks Victoria - Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Link YouTube - Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

Link Eureka Reef Heritage Walk Podcast

Link Gold Rush to Mt Alexander Tour Podcast



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