Tours, Times & Admission - Central Deborah Gold Mine
Visitors pushing an Ore Truck on a Nine Levels of Darkness Tour

Tours, Times & Admission

929kg of gold was extracted from Central Deborah Gold Mine, which would be worth over $70 million today!

Explore the surface: Above ground

The surface of the mine contains heritage-listed buildings and equipment that were essential to the operation of Central Deborah in its mining days. Climb the poppet head for a bird's-eye view of Bendigo and visit the interpretive museum to see the “Hand of Faith” gold nugget replica. All underground tours include access to the surface of the mine.
  • Tour Duration: Ticket valid all day. Allow at least 30-45 minutes.
  • Age Limits: All ages
  • Fitness: All levels
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
  • Cost: Free of charge. A ticket is required for entry. 

Full details and online bookings for Explore the Surface available here. 

Tour guide showing children gold underground on a Mine ExperienceMine Experience Tour: 61 metres underground 

Explore the honeycomb of underground tunnels with one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides to discover what conditions as a miner were really like during the harsh gold rush era.
  • Depth: Level 2, 61 metres underground
  • Tour Duration: 75 minutes
  • Age Limits: 3 years of age and over
  • Min people per tour: 2
  • Max people per tour: 20
  • Fitness: All levels
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
  • Cost: Adult $35.00, Conc. $30.00, Child $25.00, Family $99.00

Full details and online bookings for Mine Experience Tours available here.



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.

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.

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.