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Ultimate school holiday guide for the Victorian Goldfields

Posted 17/12/2020 in Things to do

The summer holidays are upon us again! We've collected so many great places for swimming, camping, fishing, day trips, scenic drives, family barbecues, self guided tours, gold prospecting, and more, so we've put some of the best ideas together into this ultimate guide for your summer holidays in the Victorian Goldfields!

Go for a swim!

Bridgewater Swimming Hole, Bridgewater VIC

Looking for your new favourite place to take a dip this summer? There are plenty of fantastic swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields! We have so many scenic creeks, rivers and reservoirs which are great for swimming, fishing, picnics and more. Check out some of Goldfields Guide's top picks for swimming in the area...

Head out on a camping trip!

Teddington Hut, Redbank VIC

With many fantastic campgrounds located close to historical sites, natural treasures and scenic walks, camping is a great way to explore the Victorian Goldfields. Take a look through these lists to discover some of the best campgrounds throughout the region, as well as campgrounds where you can swim!

Take the family out fishing!

Jubilee Lake is a great family-friendly destination in Daylesford, VIC

There are plenty of fantastic fishing spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields! We've gathered together a few of the region's best fishing spots to help inspire your next fishing adventure. 

Take a guided tour!

Experience the best Victoria has to offer with Golden Nugget Discovery Tours, a genuine Ecotourism Operator offering a wide range of nature, heritage and adventure tours throughout the many unique regions of Western and Central Victoria. Guided tours are available across the Goldfields, Daylesford & Spa Country, Pyrenees Wine Region, Grampians National Park, and Great Ocean Road! 

Take a self guided tour!

Self-guided tours are a fantastic way to explore the history and features of Victoria's significant Goldfields region! Explore the discovery site of the world-famous Welcome Stranger, the largest alluvial gold nugget ever found. Wander through abandoned mine sites and learn about the features and operations of their prosperous past. Take a signposted stroll among the region's beautiful buildings, gardens and bushland reserves. Have a look through this great collection of local self-guided tours and start planning your next adventure in the Victorian Goldfields.

Take a day trip from Victoria's Central Goldfields!

Grand Canyon, Grampians National Park VIC

Do you live in Victoria's Central Goldfields, or staying here for the holidays? Check out this collection of 21 amazing day trips and start planning your next adventure! Discover nearby waterfalls, caves, swimming spots, historical sites, gorgeous gold rush towns, beautiful scenery and more. 

Head out for a family barbecue!

Picnics and playgrounds are a great way to spend the afternoon with the family! There are many places throughout the Victorian Goldfields which feature excellent play spaces and barbecue facilities. Take a look through the following list to find fifteen of the region's top spots for family barbecues.

Explore the region's educational locations!

Eureka Stockade Memorial Gardens, Ballarat East VIC

There is so much opportunity for learning while exploring the Victorian Goldfields. This list compiles some of the region's best educational treasures, ranging from signed bushwalks to guided underground adventures - and everything in between!

Go for a drive!

Morton's Welcome Inn, Waanyarra VIC

Looking for something to do on a hot summer day? Why not go for an air-conditioned drive in the Victorian Goldfields? Pack some snacks and a cold drink for the road, because we've got a huge collection of roadside attractions, lookouts and scenic drives for you to check out, all from the comfort of your car!

Try your luck looking for gold!

The Victorian Goldfields are a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area (including the famous Welcome Stranger gold nugget discovery in 1869). Modern day prospectors continue to make significant gold discoveries in the region! Check out our guide to gold prospecting in the Victorian Goldfields, as well as lots more helpful gold prospecting resources

What's your favourite thing to do over the summer holidays? Let us know in the comments below!




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