Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo

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The Central Deborah Gold Mine is a non-active gold mine and tourist attraction in Bendigo, Australia. It was listed on the Victorian Heritage Register on 18 November 1999.
The mine was opened in 1939 by the Central Deborah Gold Mining Company during a 1930s revival of the gold industry, extending an existing 108ft shaft from many years earlier with new machinery. It was one of the last mines to open on the Bendigo goldfields and one of the few to stay open during World War II. It was expanded during 1945-46, with extensions and new machinery. It reached its maximum depth (now recorded as 412m) during the 1940s. It closed in November 1954, having produced 29,865 ounces of gold in its lifetime; the closure of the North Deborah Mine two weeks later marked the last mine in Bendigo to close.
It was reopened in 1986 as a tourist attraction for underground tours, with its shaft being widened to allow for larger lifts. It was preserved and restored by a local heritage organisation, the Bendigo Trust, which also restored the city's tramways. It still retains its original buildings and much of its fittings and mining machinery.
The Violet Street tram stop of the Bendigo Tramways route connects the mine to Lake Weeroona, the Bendigo Joss House Temple and other local tourist attractions, with the route's western end terminating at the mine.
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  • Great family activity to do. Prices quite reasonable. The tour itself is quite informative and really is quite good. Would have enjoyed it a lot more if the first 10 mins weren’t spent standing...  more »
  • We did the first level, which was about 60m plus underground. It was very interesting and realistic because it was actually a real mine. The Guide knew his history and the detail behind all the mine.....  more »
  • Had a lovely day walking around the place with my 7yo and 2 elderly family members. Georg our guide was lovely and very informative. Definitely worth it and wish we had more time to complete the climb up the stairs to see the view of Bendigo. I would suggest you to wear closed toe shoes as underground can be quite wet and cold.
  • We did the 60 meter underground tour of the mine and it was amazing. Our guide was fantastic and told us many interesting facts about the area and the gold mining. The museum walk was nice and fun.

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