Central Goldfields Tourist Guide

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The Central Victorian Goldfields

        Situated in the Victorian Heartlands the Central Goldfields region has much to offer visitors to the area. Comprising an unique blend of interesting places to see and many things to do the area abounds with friendly inhabitants and has a leisurely pace that appeals to the both the short and longer term visitor.
        The focal point of the region is the township of Maryborough which is a perfect venue to use as a base to tour the surrounding districts.
        The surrounding areas offer a variety of pursuits including - Gold Prospecting - Heritage Trails - Wineries - Fishing - Antique Shops - Bush Walking - Bird Watching - Genealogy - Native Flora & Fauna - Bowls - Tennis - Golf - Swimming - Horse & Bicycle riding etc.

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The towns of the Central Goldfields

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         Bealiba was originally known as Cochranes, today the local creek and one of the main streets still bear the name. Although Bealiba was one of the early gold rush towns and later a busy industrial and service centre for the gold miners today it is one of the smaller townships in the Central Goldfields region. Ideal for that quite getaway.

        The township of Carisbrook was created in 1851 on the junction of the Tullaroop Creek now Deep Creek and Mount Greenoch Creek, now McCallum Creek. Gold mining came to Carisbrook in 1869 when the Dan  O'Connell mine was opened, the first of some 20 deep lead mines around the town.

        Castlemaine is one of the major towns within the Central Goldfields Region with a population of approximately 8,000 residents.
        This link is to a home page constructed for Castlemaine Tourism.

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       With a population of approximately 600 residents and being situated some 25 kilometres north of Maryborough, the township of Dunolly is the foremost destination of both the serious gold prospector and the more casual detector operator. The close surrounding public forest regions have been the source of many major gold finds in the past, and still the finds continue.

      Situated on the Loddon River the small township of Laanecoorie and its surrounding districts is a pleasant change of pace for visitors to the Central Goldfields region. The Laanecoorie Reservoir which once breached the weir wall causing considerable flooding downstream, is now a popular boating, skiing and boating resort for local residents and visitors alike.

        Majorca is one of the smaller townships in the Central Goldfields region with only a few of it's gold era buildings remaining, however the area has much to offer the tourist particularly the gold prospector with many gold bearing areas just waiting to be explored.

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With a population of approximately 8,000 residents Maryborough is one of the larger towns in Central Victoria and is a reliable source for all visitor needs.

        Although the township is one of the smaller hamlets in the district today much significant history is to be found here. The Welcome Stranger gold nugget (the largest ever to have been found in the world to date) was found here and the Rev. John Flynn "The Flying Doctor" was born here. Monuments to commemorate both occasions are to be found in the district.

        The unhurried pace and lifestyle of this town is like taking a step into the past with the remaining buildings maintaining a link to it's pasts glories as a significant gold mining town of the 1850's.

        One of the many old gold towns of the Goldfields region Talbot now offers the tourist fine dining, historic walks, heritage streetscapes, prospecting, swimming, bowling, tennis, golf and many other attractions.

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        A range of venues consisting of B& B's, Farm Retreats, Eating Places Etc. serving the touring visitor  which are not located in any of the townships featured above.

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