In the 1850s the Eureka Reef was a thriving, noisy, gold mining village. Today the site is a peaceful walk in the bush, where the story of the people who lived and worked at Eureka is etched into the landscape.
This walking tour brings these archeological remains to life, with your guide Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky plus special guests relating and singing the stories of the original Jaara people and of the miners, with their stone houses, cacophonic stamping batteries and puddling machines. Today all is quiet, with the birds singing in the trees around, and a story written in the land.
Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park
Please respect the artefacts. There’s a half a million dollar fine for anything you may pinch, even a brick – which makes it a very expensive brick. The reason being because the Eureka Reef is part of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, a cultural landscape that’s on the National Heritage list – because this is the only place on the planet where the 1950s gold rush is still etched into the landscape.
You drive to the Eureka Reef car park (see map) and from there the walk is a round trip of about 1.5 ks. It will take about an hour. It’s an easy walk for a reasonably fit person. However if you want a shorter 15-minute walk, you can return after stop 9. Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky will let you know when we get to that fork in the road.
Have fun, take a bottle of water and wear a hat. You could even take a picnic lunch.