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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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Location: Vaughan Springs

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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

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Mount Alexander Diggings Trail

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Fishing

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Vaughan Springs

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Visitor experiences

Facilities Summary

  • Campsites
  • Electric/Gas BBQ
  • Toilet

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Vaughan Springs Open Day

7 Sep 2014 11:00am-3:00pm

The Vaughan Springs Open Day will celebrate the opening of the recently restored historic small train. The event schedule includes: The Castlemaine Foundry Band, games such as the three-legged race, sack race, egg and spoon race and, of course, train rides. Raffle tickets will be available on the day to…

Park Statistics

Established

October 2002

Area

7550ha

Contact information

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