The Big Peninsula Tunnel is a small river diversion tunnel on the upper Yarra River near McMahons Creek, around 80 km east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The tunnel was dug in 1864, during the Victorian gold rush, by alluvial gold miners to provide access to the bed of the Yarra River. Big Peninsula Tunnel is of square section, about 2 metres high and wide, and approximately 25 metres long.To visit Big Peninsula Tunnel and get the most from your holiday in Melbourne, create itinerary details personal to you using our Melbourne tour itinerary tool.
The tunnel can be accessed from a small carpark off the Woods Point Road, approximately 15 km east of Warburton and 1 km below McMahons Creek. The Goldfields Walking Trail starts nearby.
The site is listed in the Victorian Heritage Inventory.
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In 1864, the Yarra River deviated at Big Peninsula. A tunnel was hand dug through the narrowest point of the rocky hillside to divert water flow and expose nearly tow miles of natural riverbed for... more »
past warburton is the big peninsula tunnel and the little peninsula tunnel. amazing part of the world. too get the best info stop at the amazing warburton info centre. on the way from warburton stop..... more »
When you get to the location on the road (which is unsignposted and not very obvious), there is a track off to the left which takes you to the tunnel exit; and there is a track off to the the right which takes you to the tunnel entry. The tunnel entry side is the easier walk and the more fun side. It has stepping stones across the river and takes you to a viewing platform that gives you a clear view right through the tunnel. What’s the purpose of the tunnel? By diverting the river through this shortcut, gold miners gained easy access to two kilometres of dry riverbed.
The picnic area needs attention desperately. Beautiful to visit though and well worth visiting
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