Gold mining towns
The discovery of gold in Victoria's central region over 150 years ago has left a rich and lasting legacy of grand hotels and public buildings along the main streets of Ballarat and Bendigo, historic gardens and homesteads, and quaint shopfronts and miners' cottages in townships such as Maldon, Castlemaine and Stawell.
Gold rush history
Learn about gold rush history at one of the region's historic attractions: Sovereign Hill, The Eureka Centre and the Central Deborah Gold Mine. All offer a fascinating insight into life above and below the ground during the 1850s and 1860s.
The Eureka Centre describes the nation's only armed rebellion, the 1854 Eureka Rebellion. The Golden Dragon Museum is a colourful record of Bendigo's enduring Chinese heritage and home to Sun Loong, the world's longest Imperial Dragon.
Restaurants and cafes
Take a break from exploring the Goldfields at a stylish local cafÃ© or restaurant. Famous for its traditional pies, the region is home to renowned bakeries and pie shops. Local restaurants make the most of the fine local produce of the region, and you can sample the local wines, olives, apples and more, direct from the farm gate or cellar door.
Regional art galleries
The region offers a variety of activities. Visit historic botanic gardens, or see superb collections of local and European paintings at two of Australia's best regional galleries the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and Bendigo Art Gallery.
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