GPIC Special Event: Family day – historical & geological tours of Victoria Hill


Date(s) - Sunday, 08/12/2019
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Victoria Hill Mining Reserve


GPIC Special Event

Family day – historical & geological tours of Victoria Hill



Sunday 8th December 2019
Tours begin from 10.30am

Tour times 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
Duration: 90 minutes


Victoria Hill Mining Reserve
Opposite Goldmines Hotel, 49-57 Marong Rd, Golden Square
Meet at the car park at 10:25 AM and 1:25 PM.
Parking available at the site opposite the Goldmines Hotel.



Free tours. Lunch and drinks at the Goldmines Hotel at cost



This family day is based in the grounds of the Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo. Free tours of the famous Victoria Hill Mining Reserve will run at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Dine and relax over coffee or wine in the beer garden at the Goldmines Hotel before or after your tour.

Guided walking tour of the Victoria Hill historic gold mining reserve.


About the Tour

Victoria Hill is in the centre of the famous Bendigo goldfield and contained some of the first mined reefs. Approximately 500,000 oz of gold was won from the hill from the late 1850’s to 1912. The famous workings included the fabulously rich Ballerstedt’s open cut, the first mine to find payable gold below 2,000’ (610 m) and the deepest mine in the world at the time (Victoria Quartz, 1,406 m). Australia’s first one pound note depicts miners working underground stopes from the Victoria Quartz mine.

The small open cuts in the historic reserve display text-book examples of folds, faults and veining that typify turbidite hosted mineralisation. The site is often visited on university field trips due to the excellent exposures.

The first part of the tour will focus on the historical features of the reserve to cater for non-geoscientists who are then free to enjoy a coffee at the Goldmines Hotel across the road. The remainder of the tour will focus on the nature of the folding and the development of the faults and auriferous veins.



Goldmines Hotel

49-57 Marong Rd, Golden Square VIC 3550
Relax for afternoon tea, lunch or dinner at the Historic Goldmines Hotel.
Parking available at Victoria Hill opposite the hotel.
Cost: Purchase your food and beverages at the hotel

The Goldmines Hotel dates back to 1857 and prospered opposite Victoria Hill and surrounding gold mines. The current hotel design was completed in 1872. The Goldmines Hotel is open for lunch and dinner on the day of the tour. The hotel opens at 12:00 PM




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