Nine Levels of Darkness



VICGOV ENVIRONMENT LOGO BLACKPLEASE NOTE: Essential maintenance works are being carried out as part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Bendigo Groundwater Project. As a partner of this project, Bendigo Heritage Attractions has suspended the Nine Levels of Darkness tour so that these works can be safely carried out. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

Please note that our Underground Adventure and Mine Experience Tours are still available and are fascinating alternatives. For those who would like to be notified when the tour resumes, we would be delighted to place you on a waiting list. Please call our Bookings Coordinator on: 4444 2827 or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Drop 228 metres underground in the original miners' cage to Level 9 of the mine (if you're brave enough) and see if you have what it takes to be a gold miner from the 1900s!

Be guided through authentic mining tunnels by your Shift Boss who will “put you to work”, teaching you all the tricks of the trade. Learn how to set a charge and operate a Mine Drill. Climb down parts of the mine shaft using the ladder way. Experience the thrill of following the cap of the reef up into a T-rise. After a hard day’s work, enjoy a break with a traditional Miner's lunch served underground.

What’s included:
    Miner’s outfit. We’ll kit you up in work overalls,
   oretruck3 a flannelette shirt, boots, helmet and cap lamp
    A backpack containing lunch and water
    (Just let us know if you have any special dietary
    All safety equipment

Make sure you bring:
●    A sense of adventure and humour
●    Thick socks
●    Light comfortable clothing. It is an average of 17°C
    on Level 9 with 90% humidity
●    DrillCamera. You’ll want to remember this adventure!

Take home a memento:
All participants get to take home their backpack and a unique name tag as a memento
of their adventure.

Health and safety:
This tour is suited to those who have a good level of fitness and enjoy getting wet and dirty. If you suffer from any serious health problems that may impede your ability to climb ladders you should consider our fascinating Underground Adventure Tour or Mine Experience Tour.

ladderwayIt’s all about the numbers:
A minimum of 2 people are required for each tour to operate and there is a maximum of 6 people per tour per guide. Make sure you bring a mate to secure your date! (If you have a larger group our Bookings Officer will be happy to discuss your requirements). Children need to be at least 14 years of age to participate.

The basics:
Cost: $199 per person
Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours
Times: Tours depart at 10:30am Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (excl Public Holidays).
Please arrive 15 minutes earlier.

cageBooking: Bookings are essential and are required at least 48 hours in advance. Please phone our friendly Bookings Office on (03) 5443 8255.Please Note: A minimum of 2 people are required for each tour to operate. Bring along a mate to secure your date! Please arrive 15 minutes early and make sure you go to the toilet before the tour commences.

Watch the video below to see what it's all about!