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Porcupine Flat Gold Dredge and Dragline

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Bendigo-Maldon Road, Maldon VIC 3463

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  • Abandoned gold dredge and dragline
  • Picnic table
  • Fire pit
The Porcupine Flat gold dredge and dragline is a fascinating road-side relic just outside Maldon. 

Visitors can get a close look at these massive old mining machines, and a small picnic area with a table and fire pit makes this a great place to stop in for a picnic lunch. 

Mr George Heywood started working the site in 1958 where he developed the bucket dredge operation on Porcupine Creek. 

He purchased the dredge sometime after 1958, although it may not have been operational until after 1973. 

Operations continued with moderate success until 1984.

What is a bucket dredge?

Gold dredges like this one at Porcupine Flat are large floating machines which use steel buckets on a rotating 'bucket line' to excavate material such as sands and gravels from river beds. 

The buckets lift the material on board and dump it into a hopper, leading into a trommel which screens the gravels, sending fine material to be cleaned up for gold. 

Larger material is sent out the back to be discarded in tailings piles. 

Bucket dredges were developed in New Zealand, then were introduced to the Victorian Goldfields in the 1890s. 

Machinery on the dredge was initially driven by steam, then electricity from the 1930s. 

Walk-around video of the Porcupine Flat Dredge and Dragline

The Historical Underground Mines of Victoria Australia have an informative walk-around video of the Porcupine Flat gold dredge

The Historical Underground Mines of Victoria Australia are a group of historians and rock climbers who explore Victoria's historical mines and record Victoria's lost mining history. 

They record and share videos, images and information about their explorations - you can check out all their videos on their YouTube channel and be sure to like their Facebook page for regular updates.



Established in 1980, the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria is a voluntary body created to protect the rights and opportunities of those who wish to prospect, fossick or mine in the State of Victoria, Australia.

You can support the PMAV in their fight to uphold these rights by becoming a member. You'll also gain access to exclusive publications, field days, prospecting tips, discounts and competitions.

Check out the PMAV website for more information.


  • Evidence of the mid-late 1800's gold rush can be found throughout the Victorian goldfields in the form of abandoned mine shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, buildings and ruins, circular puddling troughs, remains of cyanide vats, and quartz kilns.


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