The Elf Academy - Central Deborah Gold Mine

The Elf Academy

It’s official, Santa Claus has confirmed that Elf Academy is returning to Central Deborah Gold Mine! BOOK NOW
The prestigious training facility is designed especially for Santa’s little helpers, providing them with all of the skills they will need to join Santa's renowned team.   

The surface of Central Deborah Gold Mine will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland where carols, baubles, reindeer and candy canes are all part of the festivities. 

Through a series of different craft activities, games and challenges children will discover all of the skills required to become a qualified Elf. 

Recruits will learn how to care for reindeer and other farm animals in Santa’s Stables, paint a plaster ornament worthy of hanging on any tree, create their own wrapping paper, prepare reindeer food, practice stacking presents as high as the clouds, and most importantly, prepare Santa for his around the world trip. 

With so many new skills, recruits will gain their Certificate IV in Elf Training. 

Cheekiness, laughter and rainbow treats are all part of the magic, and it wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Mr Claus himself! 

In preparation for his round the world trip, Santa Claus has booked his sleigh in to be serviced by the expert Bendigo Tramways workshop team. To celebrate, all elf recruits will receive a free Vintage Talking Tram tour ticket, valid for use on the day of their Elf Academy session. 

Professional Santa Photography

To capture the important milestone, professional Santa photography will also be available during Elf Academy sessions. Bookings are essential as spaces are limited and sell out quickly.

A $15 deposit is required to secure your photography booking and is used as a credit towards the purchase of printed photos. You can upgrade your photo package on the day. Subject to availability, photo options will include:
  • 4 inch x 6 inch photo = $15 each
  • 6 inch x 8 inch photo = $18 each
  • Elf Pack: 2 x (4x6) photos = $22
  • Rudolph Pack: 2 x (6x8) photos = $28
  • Santa Pack: 2 x (4x6) + 2 x (6x8) photos = $40
  • Digital downloads available online: $10 each (not included within $15 credit)

Positions vacant - Elf Assistants

Do you love Christmas, getting into character and being the life of the party? We could have the perfect volunteer role for you! Click here to find out how to become an Elf Assistant.

Please note:
  • COVIDSafe: Under the current health advice all visitors aged 16 years and above need to be double vaccinated to come on our site. Before visiting, please read our current COVIDSafe conditions of entry here.
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions before purchasing tickets.
  • Dont forget to bring your camera, you'll want to remember this adventure!
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Central Deborah Gold Mine is a non-smoking venue.
Elf Academy
16 - 23 December 2021 
Recommended for children aged 2-10 years. Visitors aged 15 years and below must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.
2 hours
9:00am - 11:00am, 11:30am- 1:30pm, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, 4:30pm - 6:30pm.
Surface of Central Deborah Gold Mine (does not include underground access)
A ticket is required for everyone attending Elf Academy:
  • $20.00 per person (includes adults and children aged 2+ years of age)
  • $80 per family of up to six people
  • Infants (0-1 years) free of charge
  • $15 per Santa Photography Session
All activites and games are included. Vintage Talking Tram ticket valid for the day of your Elf Academy session. Professional Santa photography is an additional cost. 
All visitors aged 12 years and above currently need to be double vaccinated to visit our site. Before visiting, please read our COVIDSafe conditions of entry here.