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Alma Lead Cyanide Works

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Gladstone Road, Bowenvale VIC 3465

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The Gladstone Bushland Reserve lies alongside Gladstone Road, Bowenvale and is home to a historic mine and cyanide plant.

This interesting mine site includes rows of cyanide vats, multiple dams, closed remains of shafts, and mullock heaps.

The Queen Tree

One particular point of interest at this old mine site is a large tree, known as the Queen Tree, which had previously been growing on higher ground. The ground beneath has been washed away, leaving the tree standing impressively high above the ground, supported by its strong root system.

Other places of interest nearby

Grand Duke Mine, Timor VIC

The Alma Lead Cyanide Works are just down the road from the beautiful Timor Streamside Reserve. Also be sure to check out the Grand Duke Mine, which is a must-see and is an easy eight minute drive from the Cyanide Works.


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.


Geological map of the Maryborough gold field which shows historical features in superb detail, including reefs, leads, gullies/flats, and old workings. Originally published by the Department of Crown Lands and Survey, early 20th century. High quality, durable A1 print in a satin finish. Large, 594 x 891 mm. Go to online shop.


  • 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.
  • Kids love to climb! There are plenty of places throughout the Goldfields with great trees, rocks, fallen logs and more for kids to climb up, around and over.
  • Gold prospecting is the recreational act of searching for natural gold deposits in the ground using tools such as gold detectors, gold pans and gold sluices. The Goldfields region of Victoria is a popular destination for gold prospectors, with many of the world's largest alluvial gold nuggets found in the area!


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