Goldfields - Victoria

Experience what life was like in a by-gone era as fanatics from across the globe flocked to Victoria in recognition of the riches to be discovered in the state's goldfields. Prosperity was bestowed on Victoria during the romantic and stormy years of the gold rush days in the 1850's and 60's leaving a legacy which would set events into the states history. Roam some of the country's most magnificent streetscapes flaunting grand victorian examples of days gone by in Maldon, Dunolly and Talbot with breathtaking architecture built on the riches discovered in Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine. The regions museums proudly display a rich history which shaped Victoria from the extraordinary heritage of chinese miners to the unruly bushrangers that manage to live on in spirit.

Discover national and state parks with vibrant wildflowers and idyllic scenery in the Goldfields Region. By foot or by bike, visitors will be in awe of the seasonal colours shimmering across the landscape from historic goldfields to the enchanting Ballarat Botanical Gardens and box-ironbark forests to Castlemaine's picturesque gardens. Spend some time delving into the art scene with displays across the region housed in renowned and private galleries, local studios, community art spaces and local retailers by Australian and international artists. Jump on the bandwagon with likeminded individuals and be entertained inside Ballarat's Her Majesty's Theatre, Castlemaine's theatre Royal and The Capitol in Bendigo, some of Victoria's most magnificent theatre's.

Feast on the abundance of regional produce with the crispiest apples, juiciest pears, creamy goat's cheese, wholesome olive oils and excellent wines. Bendigo, Ballarat and Heathcote combined, make up the three most notable wine regions in the area presenting a winning combination along with superior cuisine for a modern food and wine scene.

Take home some picture perfect memories after your trip back in time and if you're lucky, maybe even a gold nugget!