Scattered with remnants of a bygone era and nestled on the banks of Reedy Creek, Eldorado & the Woolshed Valley remains an authentic piece of Australian history. For it was in these locations once stood 80 hotels and four towns for gold miners.
Today it is a popular place to visit for its meandering creek and falls, bush walking, bike riding, farm gates and points of interest - the school, museum, cemetery and several churches still stand and provide visitors insights into life as it was in days gone by.
Cock’s Dredge is a must while visiting. The 1936 marvel was operating mining alluvial gold and tin until 1954 and boasted the title of one of the largest dredges in the Southern Hemisphere – a floating monster weighing 2.142 tons and pulling the third most power from the State Electrical Grid after Melbourne and Geelong. In its 18 years of operation the dredge produced 70,664 ounces of gold and 1,383 tons of tin concentrate. At the dredge take advantage of the dredge walk that gives you a 360 degree view or take the walkway on to the dredge.
While you are there try your hand at gold panning and gem fossicking or if you prefer to sit back journey along The Woolshed Valley Self Guided Drive and read the stories of gold and bushrangers.
Thinking of trying your luck gold panning or prospecting? You will need a miner's right for recreational prospecting in Victoria. This can be purchased at the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre or online below.
Buy a Miner's Right