Mine Experience - Central Deborah Gold Mine
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Tour Guide showing family a gold nugget underground on a Mine Experience Tour

Mine Experience

Don a hard hat, descend 61 metres beneath the surface of Bendigo and walk in the footsteps of past miners!
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Become enthralled by Bendigo’s underworld as you are guided through the honeycomb of underground tunnels with one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides.

You will experience what conditions as a miner were really like during the harsh gold rush era, find out what was involved in unearthing the 929kg of gold that was discovered at Central Deborah Gold Mine, witness traditional mining equipment in action and see gold in its natural state!  

Your ticket also includes access to Explore the Surface of the mine. Dominated by a huge 22 metre high poppet head, the surface of the mine is a highlight in itself. Step inside heritage-listed buildings which were essential to the mine’s operation, including the old Blacksmith's Shop, the First Aid Room, Carbide Lamp Room and the impressive Engine Room.

 

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"We did the experience tour, which was excellent. The guide was fantastic and knew everything there was to know about the mine and the history, she answered everyone's additional questions. It was fun to see real gold underground and there's demonstrations of the mining drills and machines. Definitely worth a visit!" Google Review


 

Please note:
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions before purchasing tickets. 
  • A minimum of 2 people is required for the tour to proceed.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early. All tours depart on time. Late arrivals cannot be rescheduled or refunded. 
  • It is a safety requirement that everyone who descends underground must wear a hard hat at all times. Headwear which obstructs the hard hat from being properly fitted cannot be worn under the hard hats. We have smaller hard hats available for children.
  • It is essential to wear flat enclosed footwear.
  • It is an average of 14 degrees underground, don't forget to bring a jacket.
  • Translation Sheets are available for the Mine Experience Tour in French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Italian, Spanish and English.
  • Translation Sheets are available for the Safety Briefing Video in French, Chinese, Hindi, and English.
  • Dont forget to bring your camera, you'll want to remember this adventure!
  • Central Deborah Gold Mine is a non-smoking venue.

FAQ

What are your operating hours?

9:30am - 4:30pm daily.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations are highly recommended for all underground tours and are essential for groups of 10 or more.

Are there T&Cs for going underground?

Yes. To ensure your safety and maintain a positive experience all visitors descending underground need to wear flat enclosed footwear. It is a safety requirement that everyone who descends underground must wear a hard hat at all times. Headwear which obstructs the hard hat from being properly fitted cannot be worn under the hard hats. We have smaller hard hats available for children. Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour time.

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How long should I allow?

Explore the Surface: Your ticket is valid all day. We recommend allowing 30-45 minutes to explore the surface. Mine Experience Tour: 75 minutes.

Are tours guided?

All underground tours are guided by one of our friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides. Explore the Surface is a self-guided tour that you can complete at your leisure.  

What should I wear?

Flat enclosed footwear is essential. It is a safety requirement that everyone who descends underground must wear a hard hat at all times. Headwear which obstructs the hard hat from being properly fitted cannot be worn under the hard hats. We have smaller hard hats available for children. We recommend dressing for the temperature, which is an average of 14 degrees underground.

Is there an age limit on any of the tours?

Explore the Surface: There is no age limit.   Mine Experience Tour: 3 years of age and over. Everyone who descends underground must wear a hard hat at all times.

Tour Duration:
75 minutes.
Tour Depth:
61 metres underground to Level 2.
Access:
Via an industrial lift. This tour is wheelchair accessible.
Fitness:
All levels.
Age Limit:
3 years and over. Visitors aged 3-15 must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.
Tour Costs:
Adult: $35.00
Concession: $30.00
Child (3-15 years): $25.00
Family (2 adults + up to 3 children): $99.00
Tour Times:
Daily between 10:00am - 3:00pm. Please check availability here
Terms & Conditions
Before visiting, please read our Terms and Conditions HERE
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