The Panning Shed - Central Deborah Gold Mine
People dancing in The Panning Shed

The Panning Shed

The Panning Shed offers a rustic, laid-back experience, unlike any other in Bendigo.

The Panning Shed is currently unavailable for hire due to COVID-19 regulations.

The Panning Shed is ideal for birthdays, engagements or Christmas celebrations. 

  • Licensed bar with staff, no BYO.
  • 4 x 8 seater bar tables with 32 bar stools.
  • 55 inch Smart TV for presentations.
  • Lectern and microphone for speeches. 
  • Speaker which can be used to play music from an iPod or phone via Bluetooth.
  • Three covered panning troughs which provide extra table space if needed.
  • 100 x white plastic chairs.
  • Ceiling fans for warm evenings. 4 x gas heaters for chilly evenings.
  • Fairy lighting.
  • Choose what colour you would like the Poppet Head to be lit-up.
  • Plenty of parking

DRINKS: Run a cash bar or put on a tab. Choose 12 options from our Drinks Menu, or let us know if you would like something else on the menu! Strictly no BYO. Drinks menu available here.

CATERING: We don’t offer catering options. You are more than welcome to bring along your own food, hire in a Food Truck or arrange a mobile caterer.

EXTRAS: Ask us about adding on a tour to your celebration

  • Mine Experience Tour: Descend to the depths of Bendigo and enjoy a pre-function tour of the hidden underground tunnels with an expert tour guide.  
  • Vintage Talking Tram Tour: See the sights of Bendigo aboard a beautifully refurbished Vintage Talking Tram before you kick off your party in The Panning Shed. 
  • Shuttle Tram Service: Catch a tram from Central Deborah Gold Mine into town after your event, or arrive at Central Deborah Gold Mine by tram. Ask us about a shuttle option. 

360 Walkthrough:

Please Note: 

  • Full details available here ... The Panning Shed Venue Details.
  • Due to this venue forming part of a tour during the day, the venue is suited to evening only events. 
  • You are more than welcome to decorate the venue for your function during the set-up time. Please ensure you remove all the decorations at the end of the evening.
  • Tea and coffee station is available upon request for an additional fee of $1.20 (ex GST) per person.
  • Last drinks are served at 9.30pm (Sun-Thurs) and 10.30pm (Fri - Sat and Public Holidays). No BYO. 
The Panning Shed CDGM
Min. Numbers:
40 people.
Max. Numbers:
150 people for a cocktail-style function. Weather dependant.
Hire Times:
Set-up from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
Friday and Saturday: Function from 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
Sunday - Thursday Function from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. 
Hire Costs:
$275 venue hire + $850 minimum bar spend. A surcharge of 10% of the total spend will apply on Public Holidays. 
Drinks. Catering. Entertainment. Tours. 
The Panning Shed is wheelchair accessible. Entry is via Gate 3 on Creek Street North.