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 maintenance, at this time the Poppet Head and Trestleway are unable to be accessed. We apologise for any inconvenience. 





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 Ts&Cs for going underground?

Yes. To ensure the safety and maintain a positive expereince. All underground particpants must: Wear flat enclosed footwear. Wear the hard hat provided at all times underground. Arrive 15 minutes before your tour time

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 and we recommend dressing for the temperature which is on average 14 degrees.

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.

Is Level 9 still running?

CDGM will no longer be offering the Level 9 tour. Due to an important project.



Please Note:

Winding Engine
Tour Duration:
Allow 30 minutes - 1 hour.
The surface is wheelchair accessible.
Access is free of charge. A ticket is required for entry. Explore the surface is included with all underground tours.
Tour Times:
Open daily from 9:30am - 4:30pm. 
Terms & Conditions
Before visiting, please read our Terms and Conditions HERE