Historic activities in Bendigo
The 500m-deep Central Deborah Goldmine, worked on 17 levels, became operational in the 1940s and was connected with two Deborah shafts that date back to the 1860s. About one tonne of gold was removed before it closed in 1954. The mine is one of Bendigo’s major tourist attractions, with exhibits and photographs from the mid-1800s onwards. After donning hard hats and lights, you’re taken 61m down the shaft to inspect the ongoing operations, complete with drilling demonstrations. There’s a combined ticket (adult/child $34/18.50) for the mine tour plus a ride on the Talking Tram.