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Address: Leviathan Rd, Stawell, Victoria 3380, Australia

Stawell Gold Mine is the largest gold mining operation in Victoria. The...

Stawell Gold Mine is the largest gold mining operation in Victoria. The mine is renowned (ambiguously) for being the hottest mine in Australia. The Gold mining operations in Stawell have been in operation more recently since the first owners commenced in the eighties. The current owners are Crocodile Mining and have several other mines. The Gold mine has a large viewing area along Reefs Road that runs alongside the portal that enters the mine and continues for approx. 2-3 kilometres in many different directions under the city of Stawell. The observation area has a commentary device activated by visitors to the attraction and visitors can observe the large mining machinery working the mine and also listen to the mining history in Stawell (since 1870's). There are many facets to the visitor area including a heavy bar that repesents the wieght of a REAL gold ingot bar (similar to those poured at the mine in the foundry). The mine at times offers observation tours to SOME areas of the mine IF the request is reasonable and can be negotiated with the owners/administration of the mining operations.

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Exciting to See Operational Gold Mine..!!

Its fun to see the gold being processed. The chart outside the viewing area shows the Gold extraction process with is very enriching. Sample stones at viewing gallery are very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its fun to see the gold being processed. The chart outside the viewing area shows the Gold extraction process with is very enriching. Sample stones at viewing gallery are very enchanting. Nice place to visit.

Thank Sach15
Lilydale, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

we stopped here in the evening after dinner and had a look around. Informative with old machinery and literature

Thank Marianne C
Seremban, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Lots of history and makes one appreciate the hard work put out by our forefathers . A must see place to learn , see and feel what it is like to live and work in Sovereign Hill area .

Thank RichardTee
Mackay, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We unfortunatly didn't get to see much from the observation area. Was a little disappionted that all we could see was the high fences around the fields.

Thank habanachooky
Bairnsdale, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Interesting to see a working site in VIC. Quite out of the town if on foot. wasnt able to see much as need a pass. Contact Site first before visiting, not to be dissapointed

Thank melinda s
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

You do not walk around a mined picking up nuggets. You dig out a lot of dirt and rock, which will usually contain a small amount of gold, which is extracted through various treatment processes. Mining is a hard and dirty job, though far less dangerous than it once was. You can get a glimpse of the mining process at... More 

Thank Jeffry B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Not sure how much of an attraction this is to be honest. The view from the top of the hill was the highlight but there's not much to see here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Fantastic observation deck with a handful of information about the history and the operation of the mine. You can even accompany the exact moment the diggers get into it to extract the materials!

Thank Késia G
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Interesting tour of a working mine on the outskirts of the town. There are historical displays of old mining techniques and then the opportunity to watch the current processes.

Thank JustTravelAnywhere
Stawell, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

This mine is only open for tours at certain times of the year. The underground tour is well worth the time. If you don't like being underground don't go as you can have a surface tour over the rest of the mine site/

Thank Peter G

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