Explore the Surface - Central Deborah Gold Mine
Central Deborah Gold Mine Bendigo Poppet head and grounds

Explore the Surface

Dominated by a huge 22 metre high poppet head, the surface of the mine is a highlight in itself!

The surface of the mine contains original buildings and equipment that were essential to the operation of Central Deborah in its mining days.

Explore the old Blacksmith's Shop, the First Aid Room and the Carbide Lamp Room.

You will be amazed by the Engine Room which contains the Winder that was installed in 1945 and is notable as the only complete working example in Australia. It is still used daily by our mine crew and for the Nine Levels of Darkness Tour.

The surface also displays buildings and plant equipment from other mines that used to operate in Bendigo, including the Deborah Extended, South Deborah, North Deborah and Monument Hill Mines.

Be sure to visit the interpretive museum to see the “Hand of Faith” gold nugget replica … the Hand of Faith weighs 27.2kg, was found near Bendigo and is significant as the largest gold nugget ever found with a metal detector.

Of course, your visit will not be complete without trying your hand at panning for gold!

Please Note:
  • You cannot book online on the day of your tour. Online bookings need to be made before midnight. To book on the day of your tour, please phone 03 5443 8255.
  • Family = 2 adults and up to 4 children.
  • Dont forget to bring your camera, you'll want to remember this adventure!
  • Each underground tour includes access to the surface of the mine.
Gold Panning at Central Deborah Gold Mine
Tour Duration:
Allow 30 minutes - 1 hour.
The surface is wheelchair accessible.
Tour Costs:
Adult $6.50, Conc. $5.00, Child (4-15) $4.00, Family $19.00.
Tour Times:
The surface is open from 9:30am - 4:30pm daily.
Not essential.