FAQ - Central Deborah Gold Mine


Frequently Asked Questions

What are your operating hours? Central Deborah Gold Mine is open from 9:00am – 4:30pm Wednesday - Sunday. Open 7 days a week during School Holidays.

Which tours are you currently operating? You can Explore the Surface or descend underground on a Mine Experience Tour. Our Underground Adventure Tour and Nine Levels of Darkness Tours are not currently available due to COVID-19 regulations. 

Do I need to make a reservation? Reservations are highly recommended.

Is there an age limit on any of the tours?

  • Mine Experience Tour: 3 years of age and over. Everyone who descends underground must wear a hard hat at all times.

How long are the tours?

Are tours guided? Yes, you will be taken underground by one of our friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides.

What is the temperature underground?

Is this a real gold mine? Yes, Central Deborah Gold Mine operated from 1939 to 1954 and produced almost one ton (929kg) of gold during this period. Read more about Central Deborah's history here.

Will I see real gold? Yes, on the Mine Experience Tour you will be shown how to look for gold and you will be able to see gold in its natural state.

Are there lights underground? Yes, there are lights to guide you through the tunnels.

What should I wear? It is recommended that you wear closed footwear and dress for the temperature which is on average 14 degrees centigrade.

Do we walk around underground? Yes, you will descend underground in a lift and will then be guided on foot through the underground tunnels by your tour guide.

Are cameras allowed on the tour? Yes, handheld cameras are allowed. Camera equipment and large camera cases are not.

Are strollers allowed underground? Strollers cannot be taken underground.

Are the tours wheelchair accessible?

Are backpacks allowed underground? Backpacks can be taken on the Mine Experience Tour. 

Do you have a parents/baby changing room? Yes, our baby’s change room is located on the mine’s surface.

What is air quality like underground? There is good air flow throughout the mine.

What is your cancellation policy? Cancellations received within five days of the tour date will be fully refunded. Cancellations received between 2-5 days of the tour date will be charged a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations within 48 hours of the tour date will be charged the full amount for the tour.

Is smoking allowed? No, we have a strict no smoking policy at Central Deborah Gold Mine, both above and underground.