Camping at Vaughan Springs provides easy access for regular sized caravans and a grassed tent area for those walking the Great Dividing Trail or those after a more basic camping experience. The popular site has a rich cultural history and natural beauty and camping offers the chance to enjoy an…
Go back to Victoria’s gold rush roots at Castlemaine Diggings where mining relics are scattered throughout the park.
Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park
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From the remains of house sites and puddling machines to the gold mines and gullies that yielded up fortunes, Australia's first national heritage park harbours fascinating tales of a golden past and retains much of its gold-rush character.
Spring wildflowers, scenic drives, bushwalking, cycling, guided tours and gold fossicking are some of the highlights. Nearby Maldon Historic Reserve also protects many interesting relics from the gold era.
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Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria
Popular things to do
Fishing for trout, redfin, tench and blackfish is a popular activity along the Loddon River. A Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence is required unless the person is under 16 years of age or an old aged/disability benefits pensioner.
Discover how generations of miners won gold from the rich alluvial ground along Forest Creek. Pan for gold in the ancient riverbed that diggers once called 'The bank-till free to all'. See one of Victoria’s unique mining gems – a massive Ruston and Hornsby gas engine.
This trail takes you to 19 heritage sites in and around the park. Self guided and guided tours are available from the Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre. The tour takes you on a journey through one of the most remarkable periods of Australian history.
The Great Dividing Trail stretches along the top of the Great Dividing Range between Bendigo, Ballarat,Daylesford and Bacchus Marsh allowing walkers and tourists the time to savour central Victoria’s unique combination of gold rush heritage and its natural beauty. The Dry Diggings and Leanganook sections of the trail pass through…
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21 Nov 2013
A changing of the guard has taken place at the Parks Victoria Bright office with alpine stalwart Peter Jacobs handing over the baton to newly appointed North East District Manager Ty Caling. Peter Jacobs has enjoyed a stellar career within Parks Victoria with a number of key senior management positions…