Central Deborah Gold Mine

Tours Bendigo

Hours: Open 9.30am-4.30pm Wednesday-Sunday (except Christmas day)

For an unforgettable experience, descend to the depths of Bendigo's underworld at Central Deborah Gold Mine and discover the significance of Bendigo's gold mining history.


Central Deborah Gold Mine was one of over 5,500 registered gold mines on the famous Bendigo goldfields. It operated from 1939-1954 and successfully extracted 929kg of gold. Today, you can explore the underground workings and discover what life as a miner was really like. Mine Experience Tour: 60 minutes
Don a hard hat and miner's lamp, descend 61 metres beneath the surface to Level 2 of the mine and be guided through the honeycomb of tunnels with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Discover what conditions as a miner were really like and see what was involved in unearthing the one ton of gold that was discovered at Central Deborah Gold Mine. Children need to be at least 3 years of age to complete this hour long tour. Your ticket also includes the Self-Guided Surface Tour.

Self-guided Surface Tour: Allow 30 minutes – 1 hour
Dominated by a huge 22 metre high poppet head, the surface of the mine is a highlight in itself. The surface of the mine contains original buildings and equipment that were essential to the operation of Central Deborah in its mining days. Be sure to visit the interpretive museum to see the “Hand of Faith” gold nugget replica … the Hand of Faith weighs 27.2kg, was found near Bendigo and is significant as the largest gold nugget ever found with a metal detector.

Please note:
•A family ticket consists of 2 adults and up to 4 children.
•We recommend that you wear comfortable, flat, enclosed footwear on all underground tours. The mine is an average 14 degrees beneath the surface, so remember to bring warm clothing.

76 Violet Street, Bendigo,VIC3550, Australia


Corner of High and Violet Street, Bendigo
(600m south of Alexandra Fountain)
Victoria Map Ref J10
Melway Map Ref 609 E3

Cancellations received at any time will incur an administration fee from the Bendigo Visitor Centre of $27.50

Full refunds offered if cancellation made 48 hour or more prior to tour. 80% refund offered if cancellation made between 48 hours and 12 hours prior. No refund offered if cancellation made on the day of or following the tour.