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Porcupine Flat Gold Dredge and Dragline

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Bendigo-Maldon Road, Maldon VIC 3463

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  • Impressive abandoned gold dredge
  • Picnic table
  • Fire pit
In Porcupine Flat (just outside Maldon) lies a fascinating relic - an abandoned gold dredge and dragline.

Mr George Heywood started working the site in 1958 where he developed the 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.

There is a fire pit and picnic table on site, so pack a picnic lunch and get a close look at these massive, impressive old machines.

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.


  • 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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