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 who meticulously maintain the underground workings.

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.

Due to the current COVID 19 restrictions, we are currently unable to offer our usual gold panning activity.


GROUP BOOKINGS: Do you want to book in a group? Just call us on (03) 5443 8255 during office hours to discuss your options.

We've implemented a number of new measures to meet COVIDSafe requirements. Find out more here.

Please Note:
  • Please phone 03 5443 8255 to book in advance.
  • 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.
Winding Engine
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. (Included with all underground tours)
Tour Times:
The surface is open from 9:00am - 4:30pm daily.
Not essential.