Bendigo is a large regional town
in central Victoria, Australia with 100,000 residents & is the
4th largest town in Victoria.
The Bendigo gold seam covered an
area of 3600 hectares & from 1851 until 1954 a total of 25
million ounces of gold were taken from the area around Bendigo.
The early discoveries of alluvial
gold quickly gave way to the more difficult quartz-based gold.
By the 1860s the goldfields had changed from small operations to
major mines with deep shafts.
Today Bendigo is a
charming & elegant rural centre with an economy which is driven by
a mixture of tourism, industry & servicing the surrounding
Bendigo grew as a result of gold
mining in the mid to late 19th century. As a legacy of the Gold
boom Bendigo has many magnificant buildings built in a late
Victorian colonial style.
Many people still come to the
Bendigo region with the hope of striking gold.
Recreational fossicking is allowed in some areas.
Gold prospecting is a fantastic
way for Australians & tourists to discover an important chapter
in Australia's history. Bendigo Gold World Tours offers a number
of guided fossicking adventures..