Dreaming about winning the Lotto? Why not strike gold instead in Victoria’s Goldfields? You can get your fossick on, skip it and go buy a shiny souvenir instead, or simply indulge in the gorgeous country setting, heritage sights, and fine local wine and food to match! While we can’t guarantee any golden nuggets under your pillow, we can certainly give you a stack of hotels in the Victorian Goldfields to choose from! Suss them out below.
are hands down the two most famous Goldfield desties and are Aussie icons in their own right. They’re wonderful spots to get down with the Victorian era vibes and marvel at the totally gorgeous Victorian architecture while sipping a latte in one of the cosmopolitan cafes (don’t miss a glimpse of Her Majesty’s Theatre!). Local restaurants have some pretty top notch tastes on offer, with fresh local ingredients and fab local wines. Did someone say wine? Yep, that’s right! Get more wine and food with a tour of the Taste of Gold Trail or the Great Grape Road Touring Route.
There are also some stunning gardens around, like the Ballarat Botanical Garden and the White Hills Botanic Garden in Bendigo. Fancy more pretty things? Check out the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum – they’re some of Victoria’s best regional galleries!
But the real gold lining of any trip this way is all about the gold. Sovereign Hill is wonderful, a recreation of Ballarat in the 1850s and set on a former gold mining site. And yes, you can still pan for gold! You can also drop by the Eureka Centre or the Central Deborah Gold Mine, which’ll take you back to the mid-1800s. Then explore the landscape of yesteryear with a bushwalk or ride along The Goldfields Track – okay, or just a section of it, considering it’s 200km long!
But it’s not all about Bendigo and Ballarat, even if they are the larger centres. All of our Goldfields accommodation options have their own charms and sights. Our hotels in Kangaroo Flat, Moonambel, Dunolly, Maryborough, Maldon are all just outside of Bendigo, while Leigh Creek and Sebastopol are on the outskirts of Ballarat. Castlemaine
are on the Melbourne
side of Bendigo, while Macedon is the closest to the city lights.
Getting to the Victorian Goldfields
Ballarat is a bit over an hour’s drive from Melbourne while Bendigo is just under two hours away. They’re also about an hour-and-forty minutes apart from each other, in case you’re keen to do both! If you’re flying in though, you’ll have to catch a flight to Melbourne
The Goldfields of Victoria are more than just gold and gold rush history, because you can even strike gold with the local food and wine scene, some fab art and gardens. So whether you want a pretty country getaway or a trip back in time, suss out our golden deals on accommodation in the Goldfields.
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