1. Art and Culture

It's easy to believe that everything turns to gold in Victoria's Goldfields after witnessing the vibrant contemporary art scene taking inspiration from the area's rich history. Highly regarded regional galleries boast significant regional, Australian and international art, and a dynamic theatre scene thrives in opulent, historic venues.

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2. Sovereign Hill

Step back in time and discover Ballarat in the grips of gold fever at Sovereign Hill, the interactive outdoor museum that encourages you to strike it rich. Pan for gold, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, browse 1850s shops and watch craftsmen, don period garb and head underground to the mines. 

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3. Gardens

Appreciate Victoria's gold rush legacy in the Goldfields region's fine botanic gardens, manicured public parks and private gardens in historic residences. While offering a glimpse into gold rush era botanical trends, the gardens around Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine also shine a light on the region's intriguing Chinese history. 

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4. Gold History

Victoria's Goldfields region is ground zero for some of the state's most important historical events and the legacy of the 1850s gold rush is evident in everything from ornate Victorian streetscapes to manicured gardens and countless historical attractions. You can even try your luck at the infamous Mt Alexander Diggings.

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5. Wineries

The ground beneath Victoria's Goldfields has long been the source of riches, these days better known for cool-climate white wines and robust reds than gold discoveries. The region is split into three distinct wine regions, Bendigo, Ballarat and Heathcote, with welcoming cellar doors offering tastings of the region's best drops.

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6. Food

Historic gold rush settings, renowned regional wines and fresh local produce create perfect conditions for fine dining in the Goldfields. Stop for coffee and cake in a village cafe, dine amid the vines at a winery, or pull out all the stops with a feast in an opulent heritage restaurant. 

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